Appeared in all 12 games and started three of final four games…recorded 17 tackles, including 1.0 for loss, and nine pass breakups…pass breakups total led Seminoles and tied for third among ACC freshmen…five pass breakups against ranked opponents were most among ACC freshmen and tied for fourth overall in conference…made season-high four tackles at North Carolina State in first career start…registered season-best three pass breakups and had one solo tackle vs. No. 2 Clemson…made one solo tackle in 36-26 win vs. Samford…had two tackles at Syracuse…credited with one pass breakup in 37-19 win vs. Northern Illinois…had solo tackle in 28-24 victory at Louisville…recorded two solo tackles and one pass breakup at No. 17 Miami…registered two pass breakups and one solo tackle in 38-17 win vs. Wake Forest…had one pass breakup at No. 3 Notre Dame…made three tackles, 1.0 for loss, in 22-21 victory vs. No. 22 Boston College…ended season with two solo tackles and one pass breakup vs. No. 13 Florida.
Outstanding cornerback ranked No. 25 overall by ESPN and a consensus four-star recruit … named an Under Armour All-American … helped led St. Thomas Aquinas to 7A state titles as a sophomore and junior and the state semifinals in 2017 … earned first-team all-state honors as senior … blocked a field goal in his final high school game against Venice … finished 2017 with 32 tackles, one interception, two blocked field goals and two blocked PATs … named the fourth-best prospect in recruit-heavy Brevard County prior to his senior season … participated in The Opening finals … attended same high school as recent Florida State standouts Lamarcus Joyner and Rashad Greene … father is Asante Samuel, who played at UCF and spent 11 years in the NFL with the Patriots, Eagles, and Falcons … chose Florida State over numerous offers, including Miami, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State.