Florida State continuing to make 2022 OG Kanaya Charlton a priority

Florida State has stayed steady in its pursuit of 2022 offensive guard Kanaya Charlton since offering him over a year ago. Charlton made his way down to Tallahassee last weekend to check out the campus and watch the Seminoles during their second scrimmage of the spring. He came away impressed by the signs of improvement that he noticed.

“Coming back and seeing it,” Charlton said. “I just saw a whole lot of improvement in everything, everything. That just shows me that Florida State is making a big turnaround.”

Charlton had his eyes on offensive line coach Alex Atkins and his unit during the scrimmage. He was able to attend a spring practice last year before COVID shut everything down and noticed a big difference this time around.

“I didn’t get to see them one on one, working individually,” Charlton said. “I did see how they work in a game situation, how they play and how they practice. It was good to see that, when I went there last year, it was all over the place, it was a little unexpected to see a college team look like that. Yesterday [Saturday], it showed me that coach Atkins knows how to develop his guys and get them in the places they need to be at it.”

The Brunswick High School product walked around Doak Campbell Stadium following the action where he ran into offensive tackle Devontay Love-Taylor. The two spent some time having a conversation and it just reinforced what the coaching staff has told Charlton about the program.

“I met up with one of the players,” Charlton said. “DLT, one of the offensive linemen that grad-transferred over. Didn’t get to see the campus, just walked around outside of the stadium, the practice field, and that was about it.”

“It was amazing,” Charlton continued. “He [Love-Taylor] was just giving me information that I somewhat knew about, but he just confirmed it to me. He was telling me about how Florida State treats you like family. Just hearing that from one of the players and not just from the coaches, is very good to hear.”

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Atkins, head coach Mike Norvell, and defensive ends coach John Papuchis have been some of Charlton’s main contacts and he’s built a strong relationship with them. He speaks with them at least every week and says that Atkins is always receptive whenever he gives him a call.

“To me,” Charlton said. “It feels like I’m their No. 1 priority. It’s still every week, multiple times in a week.”

The Georgia native is planning to return to FSU for the spring game on April 10. He’ll also take a trip to Georgia Tech later this offseason and might go see Alabama as well.

“One of them is Georgia Tech,” Charlton said. “Another one [Alabama], I’ll have to see about that.”

Earlier this offseason, Charlton named the Seminoles as the leader in his recruitment. He talked to his coach about committing and plans to make a decision later this summer prior to the start of his senior season.

“I talked to my coach about it,” Charlton said. “I could see myself in garnet and gold, playing for Florida State and coach Atkins and coach Norvell. I could see myself doing that.”

The 6-foot-5, 330-pound offensive guard is currently ranked as the No. 1022 overall prospect, the No. 43 OG, and the No. 86 recruit in the state of Georgia in the 2022 class according to 247Sports.

Keep up with NoleGameday for the latest on Charlton and his impending decision.

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