4-star DL Keldric Faulk commits to Florida State, explains why he chose the Seminoles

Florida State has landed the commitment of Highland Home (Ala.) four-star defensive lineman Keldric Faulk — beating out his other finalists Auburn, Florida and Clemson. Faulk announced the news at a commitment ceremony at his high school on Tuesday.

Relationships seem to be what put the Seminoles over the top in Faulk’s recruitment.

“Florida State, they’ve been on me as long as Clemson has — since COVID,” Faulk told Noles247 prior to announcing his decision. “It’s been a weekly thing with my coach [Austin] Tucker. coach [Marcus] Woodson, we just built a really good relationship over time.”

On his first ever visit to Tallahassee, Faulk had a chance to sit down and meet head coach mike norvell. Since then, the two have formed a strong bond.

“My first visit up there, I got to meet coach Norvell and soon after that, I started to build that relationship with him,” he noted.

FSU truly won over his mother — someone Faulk trusts and played a major role in his recruitment. His relationship with defensive ends coach John Papuchis was also a plus.

“You know my mom, she feels really good about it,” Faulk admitted. “Coach John Papuchis — as I’ve gotten to know him — he really turned out to be a great dude as well.”

Faulk took his official visit to FSU on June 24. That trip allowed him ample time to sit down with FSU’s current players and get their perspective on the program he was heavily considering.

“I’ve talked to some of the players to get their insight on it and they love the environment, they love the school,” he explained. “All of it — the fanbase is crazy.”

While all of the relationships certainly elevated FSU’s standing with Faulk, the deciding factor centered on how comfortable he was in Tallahassee.

“The deciding factor was that I truly felt comfortable there,” Faulk claimed. “I truly see myself going to that school for the next three to four years of my life. They always tell me it’s not a 3-4 year commitment, it’s a 40 year commitment. I believe them on that.”

According to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings, Faulk is the No. 84 overall prospect and No. 9 defensive lineman in the country. He’s also the No. 11 player within the state of Alabama for the 2023 recruiting class.

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