Florida State inside top-4 for 2022 OT Jaylen Early

June was a productive month for Florida State on the recruiting front as the Seminoles got most of their top targets into town and landed multiple commitments.

2022 four-star offensive tackle Jaylen Early took his official visit to FSU from June 25-27. It was the first chance he’d had to experience Tallahassee and meet the coaching staff in person.

“It was a really cool experience to finally meet the coaches I’ve been talking to for about a year,” Early said. “It was also cool because that was the second visit I went on where I had teammates [Jerrale Powers and Marcus Vinson] go with me.”

“They [the coaches] were a lot more relatable,” Early continued. “You can put a face with a name, see their body language. It was cool to see their attitudes in person.”

Early got to do a lot of different things during the visit including going to head coach Mike Norvell’s house, touring the campus, learning about majors, one on one meetings, and photoshoots. He was hosted by veteran offensive lineman Devontay Love-Taylor and enjoyed learning about the coaches from the perspective of a current player.

“Devontay Love-Taylor was my host,” Early said. “He is really responsible and he told me he really likes it. Of course, nobody is trying to force me to go there but he was just telling me some good things.”

The Texas native and his mom met with coach Norvell and offensive line coach Alex Atkins. It gave them both some time to try and get a feel for the coaching staff. His mom had a good time on the visit.

“Seeing everything about them, everything they do, just really seeing their personalities,” Early said. “That really changed the game up for me.”

“She [his mom] thought it was cool,” Early continued. “She’s been talking to coach Atkins for a very long time too so she was ready to see him. She said she had a good time.”

This was a special trip for Early because he was able to experience Florida State with his friend and 2022 tight end, Jerrale Powers. With Powers now committed to the Seminoles, his main focus is getting Early to join him. They’ve talked about playing together at the college level.

“Yeah, we’ve talked about it,” Early said. “I’ve talked about it with a couple of other people. It’s definitely a possibility but we’ll just see.”

Following his official visit, the Duncanville High School product announced that he was going to make a decision on July 15 before pushing it back to August 2. According to Early, his mom wanted him to wait a little longer to commit.

“My mom just wanted me to wait a little longer to let everything die down from everyone else,” Early said. “A lot of people are committing this month [July], a lot of my teammates are, she just wanted me to let everyone else go first then I’m gonna go.”

A major development in Early’s recruitment is the fact that he does not plan to visit Penn State prior to his commitment. He’s down to four schools; Florida State, Ohio State, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M.

“Basically every school that I have visited are the contenders,” Early said. “The four, Ohio State, Texas Tech, Florida State, and Texas A&M. They’ve all got something different that makes them stand out.”

There have been some differing opinions on where Early fits in at the next level but he confirmed the coaching staff sees him as an offensive tackle. He’s talking with the staff about possibly returning in the fall.

The 6-foot-4, 320-pound prospect is ranked as the No. 202 overall recruit, the No. 10 IOL, and the No. 34 player in the state of Texas in the 2022 class according to 247Sports.

Stick with NoleGameday for the latest on Early and his upcoming commitment.

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