- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Defensive back Artie Burns (Miami/Northwestern) was part of a large contingent of Northwestern players at the June session of Jimbo Fisher’s Football Camp. The ESPN 150 prospect worked exclusively with Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops.
Burns committed to Alabama in January, but backed out of his commitment during the spring to check out other programs including Florida State.
“I have always liked FSU and I like the coaches here,” Burns said. “It’s a nice place, nice campus and a college town. It’s a good place to spend four years.”
Burns says that Alabama, Miami, LSU and Louisville also are among the schools that interest him. During his tour of camps with his Northwestern teammates Burns went back to Tuscaloosa as well as visiting Georgia, Ole Miss and LSU.
“I am going to be much more open to the recruiting process this time around,” Burns said. “I probably made a decision too quickly last time and I want to explore my options more thoroughly this time around.”
Burns said he’d like to take some official visits before making a final decision. He said he might wait until after his senior season or until the Under Armour All-America Game.
Robinson stays three days: Defensive back Rashard Robinson (Pompano Beach, Fla./Ely) was a very familiar face at FSU’s camp as he showed up for the first session during the afternoon on July 13 and stuck around until the final session on the 15th.
Robinson’s first offer came from FSU and since then the 6-1, 165-pound junior has received offers from LSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Syracuse.
“I wanted to spend as much time around the coaches as possible,” Robinson said. “I feel like there’s a lot for me to learn and the coaching staff worked with me a ton.”
Robinson mostly worked with the defensive backs but spent a little time with the wide receivers as well.
“I play both positions in high school and I wanted to work with coach [Lawrence] Dawsey for a little bit,” Robinson said. “It was good to get in a little crossover work. But I was primarily with Coach Stoops and he’s a great guy to learn from.”
The only downside of the trip for Robinson was a pulled hamstring he suffered in the final session of the event.
“I probably pushed it too hard today but I was ok,” Robinson said. “Drink some fluids and rub a little dirt on it.”
ESPN 150's Folston works with RBs coach Gran: ESPN 150 athlete Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa) made a stop in Tallahassee during a tour of camps that included Tennessee, South Florida, UCF and Miami and the 5-10, 190-pound junior waited out the rain to work with FSU running backs coach Eddie Gran.
“I wanted to come here and get a taste of the competition at this camp,” Folston said. “I really liked working with coach Gran because he knows a lot about the game and a lot about the position.”
Folston, who is ranked 82nd in the ESPN 150, rushed for nearly 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior. He has over 25 offers from around the nation and says he’s still open to all programs.
“I haven’t made any cuts yet but I probably will sooner than later,” Folston said. “I probably won’t take officials until after the season though. I want to focus on getting back to the state championship game this year.”
Folston will finish his high school career at the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.
• Tampa Catholic offensive lineman Corey Martinez camped at FSU and the Seminoles extended him an offer a day after his workout. During his camp session the 6-4, 300-pound sophomore worked extensively with offensive line coach Rick Trickett. “I liked working with him, you can tell he was an ex-Marine,” Martinez said. “But I enjoyed the opportunity to learn from him and he makes sure you are doing the right things.”
• Tallahassee, Fla., Lincoln won the 7-on-7 tournament hosted by FSU on June 16 but, in case you missed it, the big story from the event was when ESPN 300 linebacker James Hearns was dismissed from the tournament. The 6-3, 240-pound Hearns, a Florida commit, said he was dismissed from the camp for doing the Gator chomp but the official word was he was ejected for multiple taunting penalties. “I thought the guy that was running that field really overreacted to James from the start,” said Lincoln head coach Yusuf Shakir. “The FSU coaches had nothing to do with it and I’m sure they would have let him play. I’m going to use it as a teaching lesson for James though. He has to know how to keep his composure.
• Class of 2014 commit Joseph Yearby (Miami/Central) pulled himself out of the camp due to exhaustion. He and teammate Dalvin Cooke participated in the Clemson camp the previous day. Yearby and Cooke, who pulled his hamstring in the early drills, took a tour of the campus and stayed around Tallahassee for the rest of the day. “The coaches told me they knew what I was capable of and they didn’t want to take any risks,” Yearby said. “They didn’t want me to seriously injure myself.”
• Linebacker Michael Deeb (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) received an offer from the Seminoles after working out at the camp. The 6-2, 235-pound junior said FSU is a strong contender on his list that includes Notre Dame, Penn State, Northwestern and Miami. “I have already had a good relationship with coach [Greg] Hudson and I like the area up here a lot,” Deeb said. “I think I performed well and I’m glad the FSU coaches thought so as well.”
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