When Jimbo Fisher took over as Florida State Seminoles’ head coach, he made upgrading the offensive and defensive lines his top priority. Last season, the Seminoles used two of the best lines in the country to help win a National Championship.
In the class of 2014, the top defensive tackle prospect the Seminoles signed came from the state of Virginia – 4-star Derrick Nnadi.
On Thursday, the Seminoles landed another big time defensive tackle prospect from the state of Virginia when 4-star Darvin Taylor gave his pledge to the Seminoles. Taylor cited the coaching staff as the biggest reason for his commitment.
“I like the coaching staff, the players and I know my (future) teammates will have my back there,” Taylor said of Florida State via Ryan Bartow of 24/7 Sports. “I never had a second or a third school, just a first with FSU.”
He is especially close to Seminoles’ defensive tackle coach Odell Haggins.
“He’s like a father figure to me,” Taylor said of Haggins. “I love coach Haggins. I called him and coach (Jimbo) Fisher and told them. I broke down and cried. I was so thankful they gave me the offer and opportunity to play at Florida State.”
The 6’2, 295-pounder is from Chester, Virginia and attends Thomas Dale High School. He is ranked as the country’s 16th-best defensive tackle prospect, the eighth-best overall prospect in the state of Virginia and the 165th-best overall prospect in the class of 2015 according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings. Taylor also holds offers from the Clemson Tigers, Miami Hurricanes, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Virginia Tech Hokies, among many others.
Taylor is the Seminoles’ 19th commitment and their class now ranks seventh nationally.