Cross picks FSU

Laurel offensive lineman Charles Cross, right, on Sunday committed to play football at Florida State University. West Jones’ Byron Young earlier committed to Alabama. (Photo by Sean Murphy)

Highly touted Laurel lineman commits to Seminoles on Sunday

Laurel’s hulking, athletic left tackle Charles Cross was all smiles this weekend — his life as a recruit was over.

The three-star offensive tackle, rated in the Top 25 Mississippi players in several recruiting services, committed to Florida State after a weekend camp in Tallahassee.

“I wanted to just do it before my high school season so I can be more focused on my last high school season,” Cross said to

“He told me all along that he wanted to do it before the season started,” LHS coach Todd Breland said.

The 6-foot, 4-inch, 270-pound Cross is the second Free State football player to commit to play Division I football.

Earlier this year, West Jones’ defensive lineman Byron Young ended the recruiting circus when he committed to defending national champion Alabama.

Cross chose the Seminoles over Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Arkansas made a big push for Cross, but he made his decision after an event in Tallahassee known as Saturday Night Live.

“I just feel comfortable here,” Cross told “It really feels like home. I feel like they can develop me not just for football but as a better person.”

Cross is a lean, athletic lineman that is a focus of Seminoles’ recruiters.

Breland said the Seminoles got a gem.

“He is just an outstanding young man. He’s an even better person off the field, and he has unlimited talent.”

Cross and the Golden Tornadoes will open the football season on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. Between the Bricks.

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