FSU near the top for rising 2022 RB Jaylon Glover

Running back is a position that Florida State head coach Mike Norvell covets in his offense with the number of different players that get touches across the roster. The Seminoles will be looking to add at least one more player to their backfield from the 2022 class and an emerging option on the board is three-star running back Jaylon Glover. Norvell personally offered him on November 2 and told Glover that he likes his playstyle.

“I talked to the head man, coach Norvell,” Glover said. “He offered me and told me how much he liked me. The biggest thing, he was telling me that he loved my film, he liked the transition from my sophomore to junior year. He’s seen the transformation and the work that I’ve put in over the pandemic.”

That hard work has been paying off as multiple schools outside of FSU, including South Carolina, Arkansas, Iowa State, and Georgia Tech are showing him a lot of attention. Glover is just trying not to be overwhelmed by the process because he knows the programs that really want him will make the effort to carve out time to contact him.

“Communication is really good [with FSU],” Glover said. “We do virtual visits and they know I’ve been on the campus before. I’m pretty familiar with Florida State. We had an academic visit with coach Norvell talking to me and my parents, Coach YAC, coach Odell. They’re really cool.”

“South Carolina is coming at me heavy as well as Arkansas, Iowa State, Georgia Tech,” Glover continued. “There are a good handful of schools that go above and beyond.”

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At this time, Glover says that Florida State is among his top choices. The coaching staff has been recruiting him hard and he’s recently been communicating with offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham more.

“Florida State is one of my top schools,” Glover said. “They keep in touch, they recruit hard. I’m cool with the staff, now I’m starting to build a relationship with the offensive coordinator [Kenny Dillingham].”

The Florida native also knows running backs coach David Johnson and the two have developed a solid relationship. He has enjoyed Johnson’s approach when recruiting him. Defensive line coach Odell Haggins, who is from Polk County, knows Glover’s mother.

“Probably YAC just because he’s my position coach,” Glover said. “It’s crazy, we don’t really talk about football a lot. His biggest thing is just making me a better man, he’s not recruiting just a football player, he’s recruiting a human, that’s what I really appreciate from him. Coach Norvell and coach Odell, he’s from Polk County and actually has a good relationship with my mom.”

The dead period is currently slated to be lifted up in April, though that could change. Glover is hoping that he’ll be able to take visits this offseason because that’ll give him a better idea of where he’ll feel at home. If he can make a few trips, he plans to commit prior to his senior season.

“That’s gonna be the deal-breaker [on visits],” Glover said. “I feel like when you get there you can actually get that feeling in your gut about where you want to be.”

“My timeline is probably springtime,” Glover continued. “That’s when I can narrow down my top schools and hopefully, by that summer, or before my senior season, I can say I’m committed somewhere.”

After recording 161 carries for 1,588 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns on the ground during a breakout junior season that saw him increase his YPC by a whopping 2.4 yards (7.5 to 9.9), it’s hard to deny that Glover isn’t flying under the radar across recruiting services. It’s just another area that he’s drawing motivation from as he prepares for his senior season.

“I don’t get caught up in it but just to be underrated, it shows me that I’m not there yet and still have more work to do,” Glover said. “It definitely gives me a jolt but the biggest thing is that I just keep working and improving, that’s all I can do.”

Glover just finished up basketball season and is transitioning over to track season and the weight room with the goal to win a state championship in 2021. He’s planning to sign in December so that he can be an early enrollee at the school of his choice.

The 5-foot-9, 195-pound running back is ranked as the No. 482 overall prospect, the No. 44 RB, and the No. 62 recruit in the state of Florida according to 247Sports. NoleGameday will continue to update Glover’s interest in Florida State throughout his upcoming senior season.

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