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2021 Lineman Jake Slaughter talks Recruiting, FSU, and more

Jake Slaughter is considered to be one of the top center prospects in the 2021 class. The Trinity Catholic star was at Florida State’s Junior Day a few weeks ago. We caught up with him to talk about his visit and to see what has been going with his recruitment as the 2021 cycle gets started.

Trinity Catholic High in Ocala, FL looks to have one of the best offensive lines in the south next fall. Anchoring that line is center Jake Slaughter. The number four center in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite has seen nearly 20 programs extend offers to him to play at the next level. 

“Recruiting has been going well, it has picked up and it’s a blessing,” Slaughter said. “The hard work is paying off, lots of hard work. I have 18 or 19 offers right now from schools like FSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Miami, Missouri, West Virginia, Virginia, Utah, Indiana and Rutgers to name a few. I’ve been to Auburn and I am talking with them, and I have talked off and on with Mississippi State and Florida.”

Slaughter says that the Junior Day visit was a great visit. Seeing the new coaching staff and what they are building was a highlight of the day.

“FSU was an awesome experience,” Slaughter said. “I liked Coach Norvell and the coaches and the culture they are building. I like his attention to detail. With Coach Atkins, he has great experience. I’ve been to FSU before for a visit in July, their Saturday Night Lights camp, and I went to the N.C. State game this past season. I like Coach Norvell’s excitement, his passion and his fire. It is admirable and I think he has FSU going in the right direction.”

Jake talks more about FSU and what has caught his attention early on in his recruitment.

“It’s close to home, I love the tradition, which is unmatched,” said Slaughter. “There is just something about it you know what I mean? Coach Atkins is an awesome guy. One-on-one he is a teacher and he is going to make you a better football player technique and scheme wise. When I was there for the visit my mom was ready to leave me there she loved Coach Norvell so much.”

We really like to look at recruits and see what kind of player they are. Slaughter looks at himself as a versatile road grader and that is evident when you watch him play.

“I am one of those road graders that can pass block and has good balance,” Slaughter said. “My coach always says be fast, low and nasty and that’s how I play. I like to get after it. I’m an interior lineman at my school and I play some guard which is different cause you pull more. It depends on the defensive line and who we’re playing on where I play. In high school I’m bigger than most of the guys so it’s possible to pick up bad habits because it’s so easy. Form and technique are a big deal and I’m working on that. I know snapping is a specialty and that most of the schools want me as a center.”

Jake says he models his game after a former FSU player and Remington award winner.

“My favorite player growing up is and still is Bryan Stork,” Slaughter said. “He was the man and got it done at FSU and with the Patriots in the NFL. I want to be like him.”

It’s easy to see that FSU has long made an impression on Jake but he is not ready to make a decision at this time. He has plans to go visit a slew of schools over the next few months.

“I’m impressed with FSU and they are there as a choice in my recruitment but I am not ready to make any decision yet,” Slaughter said. “Over the next few months, I will probably decide. I want to see what else is out there and see what the best fit is for me. We are playing it by ear on the next move. I will be at FSU for spring practice to watch Coach Atkins coach. I will visit some schools with my family, coaches and my teammate Caleb Johnson and his dad. It is all word of mouth right now.”

Stay tuned as we track Slaughter’s recruitment and his possible decision this summer.


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