Levonta Taylor has Big Goals for Sophomore season

Last time we spoke to Levonta Taylor, he was preparing for the Under Armour All-American in 2016. 

This time around he is getting ready for a super sophomore season at #3 school in the country, Florida State. 

"My goal for this season is to be an All-American," Taylor said. "Reason why I say that is because [the term] All-American speaks for itself." 

Taylor exuberates confidence but he has a perfect mixture of some humbleness to level it out. He understands that to be an All-American in his sophomore season he is going to have to work harder than ever. 

Seven cornerbacks have been named consensus All-Americans in Florida State, Jalen Ramsey being the last in 2015. 

Taylor entered Florida State as the top corner in the country but like most freshman, he had to work to see the field. As the season progress, Taylor's minutes increased, appearing in 12 games. His most notable performances came against NC-State and in the Orange Bowl against Michigan. He finished the season with 16 tackles and a pass breakup. 

It’s nothing like 90,000 people seeing that I’m on
— Levonta Taylor

Taylor didn't fulfill his aspirations of becoming a freshman All-American but he grew as a player. He learned a lot during his freshman season and he credits the others around him, like Derwin James, Tavares McFadden, and Marquez White, who is currently on the Dallas Cowboys roster. 

The coaches were tough on him and made sure he was focused during the film study.  He has the support from everyone though, especially head coach Jimbo Fisher. 

"[Jimbo] is going to get the best out of you, no matter what," Taylor said about Jimbo's coaching style. "I love playing for a guy like that.  He wants you to be good and he wants you to succeed. When he coaches he's not just getting you ready for a game, he's getting you ready for the next level." 

Playing for Florida State has been a great experience for Taylor. His first time playing in The Doak was against Notre Dame, something he called "unbelievable". Despite playing in front of the 80,000 screaming people doing the chop, he still felt comfortable in the hostile environment

"It's different when you're in the stands," he said. "It came easily cause everything is the same. The speed is different and the coaching is different but the players are the same size, the field is the same size. The stadium is just a little taller, but it felt the same." 

That's just another example of how confident this young man is. Levonta is expected to be the primary player at the "Star Position" which blends the linebacker and cornerback position. Taylor toughness has been one of his greatest attributes and why many think he will be a star this season. 

Florida State opens the season up against Alabama on September 2nd, stay tuned!

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