Cornerback Asante Samuel Jr., the No. 50-ranked prospect in the Class of 2018, has committed to Florida State. Samuel selected the Seminoles on Thursday over Miami after trimming his list to the Seminoles, Hurricanes, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State in early March.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound lockdown cornerback is the son of Asante Samuel, a two-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Pro Bowl cornerback.
Samuel Jr. had been considered to be leaning toward Florida State for months. He attended the Seminoles spring game last weekend before announcing his intentions to make his commitment on Thursday.
Samuel's commitment is the ninth for Florida State in the 2018 cycle as the Seminoles continue to build momentum toward a seventh straight top-10 class -- with the possibility of a fifth straight top-five class. Samuel is one of six ESPN Junior 300 verbals for Jimbo Fisher and staff, which includes running back James Cook (No. 39), the younger brother of former Seminoles All-America running back Dalvin Cook.
Florida State remains in the hunt for a number of the nation's top prospects, including No. 9 Patrick Surtain Jr., No. 12 Teradja Mitchell, No. 43 Christian Tutt, No. 51 A.J. Lytton and No. 56 Tyson Campbell. The Seminoles also offered No. 7 Justin Fields -- a Penn State verbal -- on Wednesday, with plans to target the nation's top ranked dual-threat quarterback prospect.
Samuel extends the Seminoles' run on ESPN 300 defensive backs. Florida State has now signed or committed 15 ESPN 300 defensive backs since 2012, including cornerbacks Ronald Darby, Jalen Ramsey, Tarvarus McFadden, Levonta Taylor and Stanford Samuels.
Samuel, an Under Armour All-America Game selection, plays for renowned St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in one of the nation's most talented secondaries, which includes fellow ESPN Junior 300 recruit Al Blades Jr. and Louisville commit Trenell Troutman.