BREAKING: Three-star OG Kanaya Charlton commits to Florida State

The commitments just keep rolling in as longtime target and three-star offensive guard Kanaya Charlton announced his decision to become a Seminole on Saturday afternoon.

Charlton has known for a few months that he’d be committing to Florida State but he wanted to hold off until his mom could come to campus with him. Everything came together this weekend as she was able to travel with the Georgia native on his official visit.

“I wanted to commit when my mother was here,” Charlton said. “I knew I was going to come here for quite a while but I wanted to commit with my mother here.”

The three-star offensive lineman informed the coaching staff of his decision during their meeting on Saturday afternoon. Coach Norvell, coach Atkins, and coach Papuchis were excited to see him join the class.

“They were excited but they already knew it was going to happen sooner than later,” Charlton said. “They were happy that it’s happening now but they knew it was coming.”

Those strong relationships with the coaching staff, particularly coach Atkins, were a major factor in Charlton’s decision to commit to FSU. Atkins’ genuine approach has paid off on the recruiting trail with his ability to connect with recruits.

“I would say I have the best relationship with coach Atkins,’ Charlton said. “Just talking with him, he just shows you that he really cares. He’ll tell you straight up, I remember what he told me the first time he watched my film. We met up and he told me that my film was terrible. I had never heard that before because other colleges said it was great, he said it was terrible. Hearing that, it shows me that he really wants the best for me because he was giving me the hard, honest trust about my tape. He wants me to be the best player I can be and I developed a relationship with him that is like no other.”

Outside of the staff, Charlton has begun to build relationships with some current members of #Tribe22, including running back Rodney Hill.

“Rodney Hill,” Charlton said. “We were talking a little bit about how Florida State is the right fit for all of us. How Florida State is going to be one of the top schools in the nation because of us. Just talking with him, it’s good to know that a person who is committed already is reaching out to me to want me to come play with him.”

“It was just amazing to see how much they care even if they don’t know you,” Charlton continued. “They don’t know me, but they’re still reaching out and telling me that Florida State is the right fit. It’s just amazing to see how the family, even though you don’t know each other, is still growing.”

Standing at 6-foot-6, 320-pounds, Charlton will likely slot in as a guard on Florida State’s offensive line. He spends a lot of time refining his technique to maximize his abilities on the field and it’s a quality that Atkins has noticed.

“I was just talking to coach Atkins today and he said that I am a perfectionist,” Charlton said. “I want to get everything down to a T, my playstyle, I try to play with the best fundamentals and technique to maximize the movement I can create to open up holes.”

The Brunswick High School product plans to shut his recruitment down and early enroll with the Seminoles. During his official visit, Charlton is going to learn more about the different majors that the school offers.

“One thing that I thought about a lot is Biology,” Charlton said. “Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to know how life works and things like that. That’s one of the things I’m thinking about majoring in. I still have my mind open to other subjects and types of sciences.”

Charlton is ranked as the No. 1159 overall prospect, the No. 58 IOL and the No. 100 recruit in the state of Georgia in the 2022 class. He becomes the 12th verbal commitment for Florida State’s class, which now ranks No. 5 in the country.

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