Friday, June 14, 2013
Camp notebook: Next in line at QB?
By Corey Dowlar
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- If you're looking for the next group of quarterbacks that will come through Florida State, the practice fields at the Jimbo Fisher Camp was the place to be.
J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic), a 2014 commitment, was strong in drills under Fisher’s watchful eye, and De'Andre Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast), a 2015 commitment, was right behind him.
Xavier Gaines, a 2016 prospect, is impressed with Florida State's track record of developing QBs.
Xavier Gaines (Frostproof, Fla./Frostproof), a 2016 QB, also fit right in with the older campers. He measured in at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and said he learned some new, beneficial techniques.
"It was pretty good," Gaines said. "I learned a couple of things.
"Learned where to keep the ball and keep it still when I drop back."
Fisher, who is recognized for his ability to develop quarterbacks, was the highlight for Gaines.
"It was special," he said. "Really special. I hope that I get to work with him at some more camps."
And that's a big reason one team is ahead of the rest. Gaines has eyes on the NFL and he thinks he knows the way to get there.
"Florida State," he said of who his leader was.
His decision timeline isn't quite set. But it might not be that far off.
"Maybe my sophomore or junior year," he said. "Really, it is going to be the coaching.
Simmons earns offer
At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Shane Simmons (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) looked like he belonged in the 2014 class. The only problem is that he isn't.
He's just a Class of 2016 prospect but that didn't stop Florida State from offering.
"I think it is great,” Simmons said. “I thanked them for the opportunity. I am just trying to carry on this experience still."
Cincinnati, Maryland, North Carolina, Rutgers and Virginia are the other teams that have already offered. And though he acknowledged the Florida State offer to be a big one, Simmons isn't interested in comparing it to the rest of his list yet.
"I try to not focus on who is better or not," he said. "I am just trying to process everything. I make sure to thank them for the opportunity."
Simmons also has another football power on his summer travel list.
"I am going home," he said. "But after that, I am going to Alabama."
Herndon impresses Brewster
Christopher Herndon (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) stood out among the rest of the tight ends at the camp. At 6-foot-4, 231 pounds, he's physically developed.
Florida State's tight ends coach Tim Brewster worked extensively with Herndon and gave him some tips to bring back to Georgia.
"I have learned a lot since I have been here," he said. "It has been good so far."
And Brewster liked what he saw after a little progress. That hurried development earned Herndon a tour of the campus.
"He said that I am a great athlete,” Herndon said. “He said that I had great ball skills."