Florida State is continuing its hot streak on the recruiting front over the last four days with the commitment of Deerfield Beach (FL) High School running back Jaylan Knighton. The 5-9 and 194-pound senior was on the FSU campus this past weekend and was rumored to have given his pledge to Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart and staff before leaving Tallahassee.
Knighton was also reported to have considered offers from Miami and Ohio State before choosing to commit to FSU publicly tonight. He is also reported to have held offers at one time or another from Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia among a host of others.
Knighton was ranked by Charles Fishbein, president of Elite Scouting and Osceola Recruiting Analyst, as the third best running back in the state of Florida heading into this season. 247Sports has Knighton ranked as a four-star recruit, the 94th ranked prospect in the nation overall, the third ranked all-purpose back in the country and the 14th best overall prospect in the state of Florida.
“Jaylan is an elite back,” said Fishbein. “He is a back that makes one cut and leaves a defender grasping for air. He can cut on either foot. His vision allows him to find the hole and exploit the defense. He is very effective at not only running the football but also being a receiver out of the backfield.”
Fishbein says he believes that Knighton has the talent to play right away in college.
“I definitely think Knighton is a guy that can play right away,” said Fishbein. “He is a versatile back. You can put him in the slot and run jet sweeps. He can play in a one-back or two-back system. I think he is the ideal fit for the Kendal Briles offense.”
Knighton’s pledge brings FSU’s total number of commitments to 20 with fall camp starting for the Seminoles in two days. It is also the first running back commitment for the Seminoles’ 2020 recruiting class.
Knighton joins Venice Beach (FL) High School offensive lineman Thomas Shrader, Miami (FL) Killian High School offensive lineman Lloyd Willis and Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson High School defensive end Morven Joseph as part of a group of prospects that committed to FSU since this past Saturday.
Fishbein also says that he expects that FSU will try to add two more running backs to the class of 2020.