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2014 DL Chad Thomas in crosshairs

The extra attention hadn't gone unnoticed Thursday.

Chad Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) had made a point of seeking out the top competition on the field at Jimbo Fisher Camp, and FSU defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot made a point of watching every move Thomas made.

"He's been focusing on me," said Thomas, a 2014 defensive end. "He's showing me the little stuff."

Thomas is one of a number of top prospects from Booker T. Washington, and he's already got a half-dozen offers in hand.

But the past few days working with FSU coaches and exploring campus has the Seminoles as an early favorite, he said.

"It's a top school," Thomas said. "I like everything about it."

If this week's camp has helped open Thomas' eyes about FSU, he's certainly done his best to make a strong impression on the Seminoles coaching staff, too.

Thomas said he's looked for players he's seen practice, and he's made sure he's matching up against the best competition during drills.

"It's high," Thomas said about the level of competition. "And I'm trying to get up against them."

Thomas said he hoped going against better competition would "show what I've got," but it didn't take much for the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder to stand out.

Thomas said he's loved the personal attention he's gotten from the FSU staff, and he said Eliot offered encouragement moving forward.

It's been a learning experience, Thomas said. Eliot worked with him Thursday preaching proper footwork, a small bit of technique that the pass rusher said he's hoping to perfect this season.

"It's stuff I knew, but I've got to perfect," Thomas said. "That's simple stuff I've hesitated on and haven't gotten fully down pat."