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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
FSU camp notes: All eyes on Leonard

By Corey Dowlar

Florida State began its second summer recruit camp Wednesday. Here are a few items that stood out on the first day.

Leonard works with Sunseri

Rick Leonard (Middletown, Md./Middletown) has emerged as one of the top prospects at defensive end on Florida State's board. At 6-foot-6, his length and wingspan would be a welcome addition.

Now at the tail end of his summer visits, Leonard’s decision is coming soon, but he first needed to see Florida State and workout for the Seminoles.

"It went real good,” said Leonard of his workout. “I learned a lot of good stuff. [Sunseri] is real knowledgeable. It was good to work with him."

At some point on Thursday, Leonard will get to see the campus in a little more detail. Meeting the coaching staff, Jimbo Fisher in particular, is also high on the list of priorities.

"I am touring tomorrow," he said. "I am looking to see good facilities, education system. I am looking to spend a lot of time with the coaches. Especially Jimbo [Fisher], the head coach. That will be a big part.”

Leonard's decision will come down to two ACC Atlantic rivals. But it won't come this week, apparently.

"Florida State and Clemson," he said. "I am definitely going to go home and give it a good week or two and weigh on it a little bit, but yeah, it was good."

Sawyer struggles early, recovers

By his own admission, Kendall Sawyer (Lehigh Acres, Fla./East Lee County) didn't put in his best performance at camp on Wednesday.

But once the competition ramped up, he thought he did much better.

"I thought I did pretty good in one-on-ones," Sawyer said. "The drills, they were kind of shaky, but I don't really care about the drills. I will get better at that."

Sawyer said that this was his first visit to Florida State and that he will be staying through the duration of the week. On Thursday, Sawyer and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will go on a tour of the campus to see what Florida State has to offer.

Eberle ready to compete

Three-star offensive line commitment Alec Eberle (Mechanicsville, Va./Altee) has his spot secured in the Seminoles’ 2014 class, but he thinks there is more to prove.

As an offensive tackle for his high school, Eberle is out to prove he can play center at the next level.

"Tomorrow, I just can't wait to go work out with Coach Trickett," he said. "He is the kind of coach I like. He is kind of crazy. I just can't wait to snap the ball for Coach Trickett and prove that I can play center even though I play tackle for my school. I just want to go against some of the big defensive tackles. I want to show that these kids from Virginia can hang with these kids from Florida."

He also wants to win over the minds of some fans.

Some of the Seminoles’ fan base have not been thrilled with the caliber of offensive line talent signed in recent years and Eberle would like to create his own reputation as a solid player.

"A lot of people know I am good, but I want to prove that I can be one of the best recruits and show what I can do," he said.