Florida State coaches over the past two recruiting classes has put an emphasis on improving the offensive and defensive lines. In the 2023 recruiting class FSU has already landed DE Lamont Green (Gulliver Prep), DT Keith Sampson (New Bern HS, North Carolina), DE Jaden Jones (Hutchinson JC, Kansas). And on Tuesday, the Seminoles added DE Keldric Faulk (Highland Home, Alabama).
Faulk is rated as the No. 9 prospect in the state of Alabama. He is a top 100 prospect in the entire country. He is the highest rated commitment of this current cycle. We will break down the talented defensive end and give you thoughts on what FSU can do moving forward.
At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds Keldric is a tall, rangy, athletic defensive end. His versatility is impressive — he has played receiver. Anytime you can find yourself a defensive end that has lined up on offense and is catching passes there is a chance you may have a special talent on your hands. What stands out is his ability to get off the ball quickly and into the backfield. He is so quick at times that the guy opposite him can’t get out of his stance. He also does a great job of closing and finishing on plays. His speed and quickness allows him to get out in the flats and make plays on backs and receivers.
Stats, film on Faulk
Faulk had 82 tackles and 11 sacks in 2021. You can watch Faulk’s Hudl highlights here.
Where Faulk needs to improve
Faulk does not have many flaws. You want to make sure this kid loves the weight room. If he can get up to 265-270 pounds you are looking at a potential All-American defensive end. He needs to work on his technique. Right now he gets by on raw natural talent. He will need to improve against the run.
Final Thoughts on Faulk
This is the first I have watched Faulk film and he is impressive. He has size, length and speed. Guys his size usually can’t redirect as well as Faulk can. He does not get broken down in one-on-one situations with a back, quarterback or receiver. What is crazy is if Faulk projected as a tight end he would be rated one of the very best in the country. With Faulk, Green, Jones and Sampson, FSU is on the verge of having one of the top 5-10 best defensive line classes in the country.
FSU’s 2023 class taking shape
Faulk is the 10th commitment to FSU’s 2023 class. Five of the 10 are four-star prospects by 247Sports.