Less than two months after Jimbo Fisher hired Billy Napier to coach tight ends at Florida State, Napier accepted a position on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama. It was the seventh assistant coach that left the Seminoles since the 2012 season ended, and those changes have cost Florida State the lead for a top prospect in the Southeast.
Defensive end Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./Rose) is coming off a junior season in which he made 93 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, two blocked punts, two blocked field goals, and one defensive touchdown. Over 15 programs have offered, and a week ago Florida State led Georgia following an offer from the Bulldogs.
But Napier’s departure has shaken up his top two.
“My top two are the same, but after talking to all of the coaches at Georgia, I am going to put them No. 1,” Street said. “I am starting to like them more than Florida State because I have not talked with them as much since then.”
Two coaches Street has talked to frequently are from Georgia.
“I talk to Coach [John] Lilly and Coach [Mark] Richt like every day,” Street said. “They tell me that they like my mentality of working hard every day and that I am the type of student athlete they try to build their program around.”
Street insists that he still likes Florida State a lot, but he will need to get to know the staff in Tallahassee, Fla., more moving forward.
“I have talked to Jay Graham the new recruiting coordinator, so our relationship is coming, but it is not as good as it was with Coach Napier,” Street said. “It does not affect how I feel about the college, but it did hurt that he left like that and did not tell me anything.”
Street is hoping to visit Athens, Ga., soon, and the defensive end’s anticipation coincides with his reasons for the Bulldogs taking the lead in his recruitment.
“I can say that I am really looking forward to visiting Georgia sometime in May,” Street said. “They are my No. 1 because every day I check out their facilities on the internet, their coaches are great, I really think I would enjoy it there and then the chance to play for my home state would be an added bonus. There are great people in Georgia and around Athens, and my friends from there have been blowing my phone up ever since Georgia offered.”
As for how Georgia hopes to utilize the 6-foot-4, 256-pound prospect in college, Street says they might use him in a variety of ways.
“Georgia likes me as a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end and also a little tight end on offense,” Street said. “I like the thought of playing tight end if a school needs me there, but at the end of the day I know I am more effective on the edge on defense. That is my bread and butter.”