Signee 101: Get to know 4-star Florida State LB Amari Gainer

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The early signing period is upon us and Florida State will have a handful of new players joining the program.

First up, we have 4-star linebacker Amari Gainer.

Gainer is now officially committed and signed his letter of intent on Wednesday.

For more on Gainer, check out this feature on his family’s connection to Florida State and how he’s taken on the role of being a player recruiter for the Seminoles’ 2018 class.

In this series profiling Florida State’s early signees, we will put a spotlight on Gainer.

Hometown (High School): Tallahassee, Fla. (Chiles)

Height: 6-foot-2.5

Weight: 204 pounds

Position Rank/Overall Rank: No. 19 outside linebacker, No. 270 player overall

Senior stats: 92 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, INT

Vitals: Son of former Seminoles receiver Herb Gainer. Mother, Blond, also graduated from Florida State. Committed to FSU on May 26. Chose FSU over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Miami and Texas.

College projection

Gainer had a dominant senior season in high school, primarily lining up as a stand-up edge rusher along the line of scrimmage. As his stats indicate, he was all over the field and made a living in the opponent’s backfield.

His role should shift in college to being more of a traditional outside linebacker.

Gainer is a versatile defender who has the speed and athleticism necessary to make plays from sideline to sideline. He also brings value as a pass rusher coming off the edge. He has the type of length and quickness it takes to be disruptive in space.

There are two areas that he will have to work on in adjusting to the college level.

One will be adding weight to his frame to deal with the physicality of the college level. The second will be dropping into coverage and being able to stick with running backs, tight ends and receivers in coverage.

Gainer will be on campus next month as an early enrollee, which means he should have a good shot to develop during spring ball. For a team losing three senior linebackers to graduation, Gainer figures to have a great chance to contribute as a freshman next fall.

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