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LEVONTA TAYLOR - Football - Florida State Seminoles

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Tied for fourth on FSU’s all-time career list with two interception return touchdowns.


Appeared in 11 games with five starts and recorded 37 tackles, including 2.5 for loss with 1.0 sack, one interception, three pass breakups and two quarterback hurries…recorded career-high seven tackles, with first collegiate sack, and one pass breakup in 35-24 victory vs. Louisville… made five solo tackles and career-high two pass breakups vs. Miami…opened season with five tackles, 0.5 for loss, and two quarterback hurries vs. Boise State…made three tackles and one interception at No. 25 Virginia…had six tackles, 1.0 for loss, in 31-13 win vs. North Carolina State…made three tackles at Wake Forest… registered two tackles in 38-31 victory at Boston College…had four tackles in regular season finale at No. 8 Florida…made two solo tackles in Sun Bowl vs. Arizona State.


Battled through injury to start first eight games of season…recorded 19 tackles, 1.0 for loss, one interception, one forced fumble and three pass breakups…tied career high with four tackles and had one pass breakup in season opener vs. No. 20 Virginia Tech…matched career-high tackles total and grabbed one interception returned 63 yards for a touchdown late in fourth quarter of 36-26 win vs. Samford…return vs. Bulldogs was fifth-longest interception return in ACC in 2018…made three solo stops at Syracuse…recorded two solo tackles, including 1.0 for loss, one forced fumble and one pass breakup in 37-19 win vs. Northern Illinois…made three solo tackles in 28-24 victory at Louisville…registered one tackle and one pass breakup at No. 17 Miami…made two solo stops in 38-17 win vs. Wake Forest.


Established himself as one of the best cover corners in the ACC in his second season, starting all 13 games at cornerback…totaled 18 tackles, 1.0 for loss, and two interceptions…According to Pro Football Focus, led all Power 5 cornerbacks with an average of 30.6 snaps in coverage per reception allowed and also ranked first among ACC cornerbacks with a passer rating of 26.1 when targeted in coverage…tied a career high with four tackles in the home finale against ULM…earned his first two career interceptions in the Sunshine Showdown win at Florida…returned his second interception against Florida 18 yards for a touchdown.


Nation’s top cornerback recruit saw increased playing time as the season wore on…hard hitter who also displayed the speed and athleticism to be a playmaker…appeared in 12 games…ended the season with 16 tackles and one pass breakup…had a season-best four tackles at NC State in Florida State’s 24-20, come-from-behind victory…added three tackles in the win over No. 6 Michigan at the Orange Bowl, including a tackle for loss when he stopped a screen pass on a third down in the second quarter.


Consensus five-star prospect and No. 1 cornerback in the nation…ranked as the No. 5 overall player nationally in the ESPN300…rated the No. 10 overall player in the nation by Rivals…tabbed the No. 12 overall player nationally by 247Sports…tabbed the No. 12 overall player by Scout…consensus top overall player from the state of Virginia…consensus Top 12 player in the nation…led Ocean Lakes to a 12-1 record in his senior season…forced 10 turnovers, including four interceptions to go along with 51 tackles…also averaged 33 yards on punt returns…scored four touchdowns on his first 13 touches of his senior year…led the Dolphins to a 15-0 record and their first state championship in 2014, recording 40 tackles including 12 stops for a loss, while adding three special teams touchdowns, three scores on defense and six touchdown receptions…participated in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game as a member of Team Highlight and recorded a 41-yard punt return…named to the All-USA First Team Defense as a senior by USA Today…member of Scout’s 2016 All-American defense…invited to ‘The Opening,’ an all-star summer prospect camp held on the Nike Campus…was among the leaders in the event in 2015, scoring an impressive 140.17 SPARQ rating, including a 4.34 40-yard dash…chose Florida State over Alabama, Ohio State, and Virginia among several offers…born on November 4, 1997…exploratory major.