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FSU lands commitment from DT Tifase

Ayobami Tifasi’s whirlwind official visit tour wrapped up in a final decision: Florida State.

Tifase was considered a 2023 prospect but was able to get his academics wrapped up and graduate in May, allowing him to “reclassify” and enroll at FSU this summer as part of the 2022 class.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Tifase completed a trio of back-to-back-to-back official visits to Virginia Tech, Arkansas and FSU before choosing the Seminoles on Tuesday afternoon.

Concordia (Md.) Prep coach Joe Battaglia told the Osceola on Wednesday morning that Tifase will take an academic redshirt for the 2022 season. Tifase plans to enroll in the summer bridge program at FSU, begin strength and conditioning work and will practice with the team when camp opens as well as this fall.

Tifase transferred from a public school to the private Concordia Prep, and the delay in receiving transcripts made his graduation year an uncertainty. When the public school’s transcripts arrived in December 2021, it became more apparent that Tifase could make the push to graduate as part of the 2022 class and not wait until a January 2023 enrollment, Battaglia said.

“We knew that he would be above the 2.0 core mark, (that’s) when Florida State and some other schools presented the option that they would take him as an academic redshirt, meaning he could come now and use his redshirt and become eligible academically,” Battaglia said. “The NCAA rule is if you’re in between a 2.0 and 2.3, you can come and be on scholarship, do everything the team does, just not play in games.”

FSU’s coaching staff had the scholarship and was willing to make room for Battaglia on the 2022 roster. “Once he graduated from here and had his final grades and everything was set he went on a quick tour,” Battaglia said.

Battaglia described Tifase as “extremely energetic. He is as raw as it comes” on the football field. Tifase has only played a combined 14-16 games of high school football experience across his jayvee and varsity career, in part due to the COVID shutdown during the 2020 season in Maryland.

“He had a phenomenal senior year,” Battaglia said. “But extremely raw. He’s still so very new to the game. But unbelievably powerful. Just starting to get technique and leverage, those type of things. So his ceiling is unbelievably high.”

You can watch Hudl highlights of Tifase here.