J.T. Floyd, the 6-foot, 184-pound three-star safety/wide receiver from Mann High School in Greenville, S.C., finished his senior season (4-6) with 60 tackles, eight pass break-ups and two interceptions. He also had 50 receptions for 875 yards and nine touchdowns.
"I'm leaning towards playing safety or corner in college," Floyd said. "I want to play defense. I love shutting down a guy and being physical. I prepare really hard and watch a lot of film. I have a good work ethic and I have great speed and make good cuts. I have great vision and make the crowd get on their feet when I have the ball.
"I really want to improve my footwork and get faster," he said. "I'm also working on my upper body strength and getting in and out of breaks faster."
Floyd denies a leader but says he now favors Tennessee, Michigan and North Carolina State solidly over LSU and Auburn. The Tigers (both LSU and Auburn) have yet to offer. "I sent them both my tape from this year and they've been talking to me about possibly setting up a visit."
The only official visit that Floyd has taken thus far is to North Carolina State on Nov. 9. "I really liked it," he said. "It's a family atmosphere and the players all seem very close knit. You could tell they all liked hanging out together.
"I also really like coach Tom O'Brien," he said. "He's really knowledgeable and knows his craft. He did great at Boston College and is trying to get North Carolina State to that level."
Floyd, ranked as the No. 30 safety in the country by Scout.com, was supposed to visit Michigan in December as well, but that was pushed back until the Wolverines find a replacement for coach Lloyd Carr.
"Coach Carr is a great guy and person," he said. "If they decide to keep a lot of the coaches like (defensive coordinator) Ron English and (wide receiver coach) Erik Campbell, then it really wouldn't affect my decision. They said they can't really disclose who they are looking at getting, but hope to have a new head coach in place by January.
"I really liked the academics at Michigan and it's big-time football there," he said. "I've been up there twice and I love the Michigan crowd and the tradition is like none other."
He says the Wolverines are recruiting him as an athlete, while Tennessee wants him at safety. "I love the location of Tennessee," said Floyd, who remains a soft commit to the Volunteers.
"It's only about two and half hours from my house. Plus, coach Philip Fulmer is a great coach and has won a national championship. I have family on the team already (cousins with defensive back Sinclair Cannon and offensive tackle Steven Jones) and they've really put together a great season. They are on a great run right now.
"I talk with my cousins every week and they just say that I need to go with my heart," he said. "They are honest with me and aren't jockeying for Tennessee. But they did say that it's a great place and you get out of it what you put in."
Growing up, Floyd says he always followed Florida State. "I idolized Deion Sanders and Charles Woodson."<>
Floyd says he probably won't make a decision until near Signing Day. "I'll take the rest of my visits in January and will probably choose after that."
He also has offers from North Carolina, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Colorado and Maryland.
Floyd reports a 3.7 core GPA and a 980 SAT.