Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Oaks Christian five-star weak-side defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux is set to announce his decision on Saturday.
Thibodeaux will announce his college decision, choosing from his four finalists – Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Oregon – at halftime of the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday. His announcement will be broadcast by ESPN. He is expected to sign on Wednesday, when the early signing period begins, and will enroll at the school of his choice in January.
In an exclusive video with USA Today High School Sports, Thibodeaux discussed each of his four finalists and what helped them make the final cut. The full video and more can be found here.
Thibodeaux spoke specifically about what has the Seminoles so heavily in the running.
“Willie Taggart, he came in with a lot of steam and he is a great dude. He is a great recruiter. He is just a great person,” Thibodeaux said. “They are not just for the winning and for the football. They are really interested in the person.”
The complete video, where Thibodeaux discusses each of his finalists, can be viewed below:
Thibodeaux officially visited FSU for their season-opener against Virginia Tech. It marked his third visit to Tallahassee. He also took an unofficial visit for the spring game and then returned in late July for Saturday Night Live.
He has been heavily recruited by head coach Willie Taggart, as well as area recruiter David Kelly and defensive ends coach Mark Snyder. Thibodeaux, and those close to him, have a very strong relationship with each of those three coaches for the Seminoles.
Head coach Willie Taggart made his in-home visit with Thibodeaux and company on Tuesday of this week.
The 6-foot-4.5, 239-pound defensive end officially visited each of his finalists. Florida got the final visit, hosting him earlier this month. He saw the other three during the college football season.
Oregon leads on the 247Sports.com Crystal Ball. Alabama and FSU also claim predictions. The Crimson Tide are running second on the 247Sports.com Crystal Ball.
The 247Sports.com Composite Rankings consider Thibodeaux the No. 2 overall prospect in the nation and No. 2 weak-side defensive end in the 2019 class.