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Thursday, July 18, 2013
FSU camp notes: Thomas impresses

By Corey Dowlar

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Four-star defensive end Chad Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington) made his way to Florida State's camp for the second consecutive year on Thursday.

Closely watched by FSU defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri, Thomas went through drills before the real competition began.

"He felt good about what I did," Thomas said. "I learned everything for when we did one-on-ones and did what I had to do."

Thomas recently added an offer from Alabama to go along with others from Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M and West Virginia.

"I am open to everybody," he said of his favorites. "That is why I come to camps and compete and get better."

Thomas is in no rush to make a decision. He plans on taking some official visits this fall, but he doesn't know where just yet.

"I have to check out my schedule, but I want to make a decision in January," he said.

Thomas, who plays several instruments proficiently, put a lot of value in those programs.

"I am going to be looking at music programs," Thomas said. "Position coaches are important. I want to make sure everything is straight. I don't want a coach that just goes through the motions. I want to see the academics and things. I want a good learning environment.”

Harrell arrives at camp

Three-star athlete T.J. Harrell (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) arrived late on Thursday afternoon during the second session of the day.

He didn't participate in the drills because of travel logistics, but he did have the chance to see his teammate, four-star offensive linemen Corey Martinez. The ESPN 300 offensive guard has been in Harrell's ear to come to Florida State.

"He's been doing it for a while," Harrell said. "Every time I see him, I jump on him. And if I jump on him with the wrong hat, he is going to take it off and step on it. He really wants me here with him."

Harrell doesn't have a lot more to do as far as Florida State goes. He's been to the campus many times and has a good relationship with the coaches.

"I have already sat down with all the coaches before and they let me know how they feel and how they want me here," he said.

As for a decision, Harrell is getting closer, but not quite there yet. Two schools are currently leading the way, but he says that could change.

"There are still a couple of schools I have to see and sit down with certain people to talk it over," he said. "I have a top two for now and right now it is Louisville and Florida State.

"They are similar. The coaching staffs, they are so down to earth. At Louisville, you have [Louisville] Coach [Charlie] Strong, [Louisville tight ends coach Sherrone] Moore who are cool with their players. When they get there, they stay the same, they don't change. Same thing here with [FSU running backs coack Jay] Graham. I know a couple of players at Tennessee that know him. They hate that they lost him."

Harris out to prove a point

Undersized as he is, Treon Harris (Miami/Booker T. Washington) wants to prove some things. Playing quarterback is one of them.

On Thursday morning, he threw in front of the coaches and had a chance to make his mark.

"I did good," he said. "I showed the coaches what I can do and they were very proud of me. I improved from last year."

After the camp session was over, he had a chance to speak with coaches Randy Sanders, Jimbo Fisher and Tim Brewster. The attention led Harris to feel wanted at Florida State.

"They said they love me and that they were looking forward to seeing me compete," Harris said.

Harris said that his relationship with the Seminoles began in earnest at last year’s camp. Being back for the first time since he committed, it has a different feel to it.

Now he wants time to fast forward and get started at his next destination.

"Last year, when I came up here, I feel in love with Jimbo and them," he said. "This year, it is just like -- I am ready to get here. I have a former player from our school -- Matthew Thomas -- here and he told me about everything. He says the coaches and the players are cool."