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Star recruit says he is ‘100 percent committed’ to Florida State after Jimbo Fisher departure

A.J. Lytton says he is sticking with his commitment to Florida State. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Wise 2018 safety A.J. Lytton, a five-star prospect, is “100 percent committed” to play at Florida State, even after Coach Jimbo Fisher left for the same position at Texas A&M, he told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

“I always wanted to go to Florida State,” he said. “I’m a ‘Nole at heart. I’m still committed to Florida State. I’m 100 percent committed to Florida State because I committed to the school, not the coach.”

Lytton said after the Pumas won their third straight Maryland 4A state championship Friday that he would consider other college football programs that came calling, following Fisher’s departure. Alabama defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley visited Lytton during Wise’s state quarterfinal playoff game against Eleanor Roosevelt and again during the championship game.

Florida State hired Oregon coach Willie Taggart on Tuesday, and he retained defensive tackles coach and former associate head coach Odell Haggins, who was key to Lytton’s recruitment. Lytton, in turn, stood by Florida State.

Regardless, Lytton said he will sign his National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day in February.