2022 RB Jaylon Glover details “great” official visit to FSU

The Seminoles saw a plethora of talented prospects make their way to campus for visits and to meet the coaching staff in person during June including three-star running back Jaylon Glover.

Glover took his official visit to Florida State last week and instantly took notice of the genuine feel around the program.

“It was great, after seeing coach Norvell in person and multiple people on the staff in person,” Glover said. “It was a great boost. You could just see the genuine spirit in everybody in trying to change this culture around. I really enjoyed it.”

The trip marked the first time that Glover had the opportunity to meet the staff in person after picking up an offer in November 2020. His meeting with running backs coach David Johnson was one of the best out of all of his visits.

“It was definitely a boost,” Glover said. “coach YAC, we were talking over the phone like meeting-wise, going over schemes and stuff. Doing it in person, we had one of my better position coach meetings out of all of my official visits. It was just fun talking to him, it wasn’t just all pen and paper, he wanted to learn your learning style and figure out how you pick up things. I thought that was very unique.”

The Florida native has some familiarity with FSU’s campus and has toured it in the past. During his time in Tallahassee, Glover tried to get a feel for the city and the surroundings.

“I got to see the facilities,” Glover said. “I went to college town and the strip, ate some food. We had a lot of fun, we were just riding around. Coach Tucker was my host, the assistant RB coach, but it was really good and he’s a great dude. We saw some of Tallahassee, went to the capital, I had fun.”

Learning about the program from the coaches is one thing but current players can provide a different perspective. Glover spoke with most of the running backs, his player host Ja’Khi Douglas, cornerback Jarrian Jones, and more to hear their thoughts on Florida State.

“I spoke to the majority of the running backs there,” Glover said. “I hung out with all of them but my host was Ja’Khi Douglas. I was chilling with him, I got to talk with Jarrian [Jones] and a lot of the guys that were there.”

“The biggest thing they were talking about is accountability,” Glover continued. “They can see a big difference from when the old staff was there to now, how accountability is really important and just being on time. They were just saying that the culture has changed, they are really strong about the standard, and they stick to it. When the players say something, I know it’s real.”

Coach Norvell was the one to offer Glover nearly eight months ago. The Lake Gibson High School product has also developed a strong relationship with coach Johnson, his primary recruiter. He met with both of them one on one during the official visit.

“The biggest thing with coach Johnson was learning pass pro,” Glover said. “He put me on the board and told me to spell out the name of the week. He spelled it out then he wanted you to list it in order. We went through that and he told me that I was a visual learner. We went through pass protection so that was really cool.”

“With coach Norvell,” Glover continued. “I had a meeting with him. He was really excited, saying that he’s been waiting 18 months for this day to happen. The highlight of that meeting was just him sitting down and talking to my parents about where he sees my fit on the offense and on his team. That was really important to me.”

Those meetings with the coaching staff allowed Glover to get an idea of where they see him slotting in on the offense.

“They told me that they see me as a back that won’t have to come off of the field,” Glover said. “They can flex me out wide, play me at running back. The coaches told me that the biggest thing is that if I can just pass protect at the next level, I can be a three-down back. They feel like the opportunity is there to play if I come to work in their offense, they said the running backs in their offense are very successful. They always go back to talking about what they had at Memphis and that the offense will be great to showcase my ability.”

The experience this weekend opened Glover’s eyes to what the program can offer both on the field and off of it. One of the unique things he got to do was talk to one of the Kinesiology professors. He says FSU was the first school to do something like that.

“Academically, they’re one of the top-20 schools in the nation so they’re not just trying to get there on the field, they’re also doing it off the field,” Glover said. “Being able to go to Florida State, coach YAC and the staff are going to get me better as a man and as a football player, it’ll go hand in hand. With everything they’ve got going on, they really have a great chance to contend for a national championship.”

Following his official visit, where does Florida State stand in Glover’s recruitment?

“I’ve been pretty high on them throughout the whole process. Not to say they didn’t move or anything but they’ve already been a high-contender. They’re still high on my list.”

Earlier in the week, Glover released his top-5 and the Seminoles made the cut along with Utah, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Florida. He plans to make a commitment in late July or early August and is unsure if he’ll return to Tallahassee again this summer.

The 5-foot-9, 195-pound running back is ranked as the No. 531 overall prospect, the No. 42 RB, and the No, 75 recruit in the state of Florida in the 2022 class according to 247Sports.

Stick with NoleGameday for the latest on Glover as he moves closer to making a college decision.

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