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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
2015 DB earns offer at FSU camp

By Corey Dowlar

On the final day of Florida State's second camp session, one defensive back stood out to observers and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

Octavis Johnson (Homerville, Ga./Clinch County) knew who he was working with, but he didn't really know Pruitt until the camp drills began.

"I have seen him before at my school, but I hadn't really been able to talk to him until this camp," he said.

Johnson performed well enough to warrant an offer to Florida State, moving the Seminoles high up his list.

"It makes them No. 2. Right behind Clemson," he said.

The way Pruitt coached Johnson stood out to the rising junior. He knew that Pruitt cared about him, in particular because of the effort he put into making sure that he did everything correctly.

"It was good," Johnson said. He coached us hard and wanted to see us finish every drill. He coaches with a lot of intensity. "

The Seminoles' defensive back philosophy has changed a bit since the defensive coordinator's arrival. Not many prospects shorter than 5-foot-10 are being heavily pursued.

And sure enough, height was mentioned with Johnson, who is 5-11 and 175 pounds.

"He says he likes my size and he likes my long arms," he said.

South Carolina was the most recent offer for Johnson, a place he recently visited.

He has no timeline for a decision, but will be looking closely at schools to figure out which one matches with him closest.

"What's the best fit for me and the coaching staff," Johnson said. "That's about it."