In the aftermath of Jimbo Fisher’s departure to Texas A&M, several Florida State commits either backed out of their pledges or started to schedule other visits to keep their options open.
One player who fell in the latter category was 4-star Dr. Henry Wise High School (Upper Marlboro, Md.) cornerback Anthony Lytton.
Lytton, who ranks as the nation’s No. 8 corner and the No. 52 player overall in the 2018 cycle, is the top-rated recruit in the Seminoles’ 2018 class.
He had scheduled visits to SEC powers Alabama and Georgia over the next two weekends, as detailed by Scout.com’s Brian Dohn.
The Seminoles hired Oregon’s Willie Taggart to replace Fisher on Tuesday and it appears as if that move is enough to convince Lytton to firm up his commitment, according to Jacob Bogage of the Washington Post.
Lytton confirmed to Bogage he is “100-percent” committed to the Seminoles and plans to sign his letter of intent with the Seminoles on National Signing Day in February.
It’s unclear on whether he will take the scheduled visits, but that appears to be a moot point for now.
With Lytton on board, Taggart has another important building block to go along with 4-star Tallahassee [Fla.] Chiles linebacker Amari Gainer — who also shut down his recruitment after Taggart visited with him Wednesday evening.
— AMARI FERRARI 🏎💨 (@AmariGainer) December 7, 2017
The 5-foot-10, 173-pound Under Armour All-American just wrapped up a senior campaign in which he led Wise to the Maryland class 4A state title. According to MaxPreps, on offense, he amassed 34 receptions for 523 yards and 7 touchdowns and added another 2 touchdowns on the ground. On defense, Lytton recorded 32 tackles, including 4 tackles for loss, with 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles.
In addition to being a standout defensive back, Lytton could also factor in on special teams at the next level as a return man.