Scouting Report: Levonta Taylor, CB, Florida State

Virginia Beach, VA | 5096 | 185 | 4.39E | 2020

 

A gifted athlete who has played the ‘star’ position which features him in the slot quite often, lining up in coverage, playing under and blitzing (same role as Jalen Ramsey and Lamarcus Joyner). Possesses top-end speed, great instincts and toughness. Knows his angles very well; quick to close in and cut off receivers. He’s on your hip all day, from play one to the final whistle, no matter up by 30 or down by 30, he goes all out and really sets a tremendous leadership example on the field (the team struggled mightily in 2017). Brings the swag! While he lacks ideal size, he certainly possesses the skillset to serve as a number two corner at the next level but on a team with depth would be an x-factor as the nickelback. Solid top-50 value.

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2016: 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.

Personal: 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.