Florida State Seminoles: Jimbo Fisher Camp

CB Brandon Powell eager for FSU offer 

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Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) made the most of his camp experience last week at the Jimbo Fisher Camp in Tallahassee, Fla.

The 2014 cornerback prospect starred in 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 drills breaking up passes and covering receivers. The Seminoles' coaching staff thought he did well, too.

"I felt like I did good," said Powell. "I felt like I really impressed the coaches by the way they were talking to me.

"Coach Jimbo [Fisher] said he wants to evaluate my film and really look at it because they saw me in the 7-on-7 last month. They just really want to look over my film before they offer me."

Powell features on both sides of the ball for his high school. At the next level, though, it looks like cornerback could be his home.

Christian Morgan (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian Academy) had been to Florida State before.


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State coaches focused on the details in trying to finalize their next targets for a growing 2013 recruiting class -- and lay the foundation for 2014 and 2015 -- during the July session of Jimbo Fisher Camp.

There was neither a flurry of commitments from seniors nor large quantities of offers being distributed.


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2014 WR Jake McCrary commits to FSU 

July, 20, 2012
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Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Reef) continued Florida State's success in the rising junior and sophomore classes.


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2014 OL Jake Sanders hits FSU camp 

July, 20, 2012
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An emerging talent in the Peach State has been busy this summer, camping all over the Southeast. The 2014 prospect was in Tallahassee for the Jimbo Fisher Camp and is hoping he impressed the coaching staff at Florida State. Carrollton (Ga.) High runs the Wing-T offense, which is no longer in use by most FBS programs since the shift to the spread and pro-style I-formation based offenses. But that has not kept programs like Florida State, Middle Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Colorado State from showing interest in one of its offensive linemen, Jake Sanders.


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'15 QB DeAndre Johnson commits to FSU 

July, 20, 2012
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On Friday, sophomore quarterback Deandre Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) decided to pull the trigger and commit to Florida State, continuing one of the biggest recruiting pipelines in the country. Seven players from the talent-rich high school have signed with Florida State during the past decade, while Tyrell Lyons is committed for the 2013 class. In Johnson, the Seminoles have added one of the rising stars of the 2015 class.


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ESPN 150 DL Tim Williams wraps camps 

July, 20, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Four-star defensive end Tim Williams (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory School) made his way to the campus of Florida State for the first time Friday.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound ESPN 150 prospect went through all the drills for the morning session before heading into the stadium to check out the facilities.

"This is my first day out here and so this was my first time to meet them in person," Williams explained. "Jimbo Fisher came and talked to me, Coach Eliot and the other position coaches.

"It was pretty good. Coach Eliot taught me a lot about technique. I learned a lot."

With August looming large on the horizon, Williams is shutting down his summer visit plans as Jimbo Fisher Camp ends.


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Alex Collins (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) took part in the morning session of the Jimbo Fisher Camp wearing normal camper attire. But when he took to the fields in the afternoon, his previous outfit was replaced by Florida State gear from head to toe.


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DL Jordan Sherit lands FSU offer 

July, 19, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Things have changed dramatically in Tallahassee since the last time defensive end Jordan Sherit (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) visited Florida State.


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ESPN 150 DB Harris takes in FSU camp 

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – ESPN 150 defensive back Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) decided to make a last-minute trip to Florida State on Thursday for the afternoon session of the Jimbo Fisher Camp.

The 6-foot-1, 209-pound senior took a few minutes to work out and catch up with FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops.

“Yeah I just did two drills and I was chilling after that, watching some of the other guys go,” Harris said. “I worked with coach Stoops a little bit and we talked in the football office a little bit before that. I was in there with a couple other guys and they wanted to try to all of us up here so they were excited about that.”

Harris says that he also keeps in touch with offensive line coach Rick Trickett, who recruits the Orlando area for the program.


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Four-star offensive lineman Denver Kirkland (Miami/Booker T. Washington) already has offers from schools such as Florida State, Auburn, Miami and USC, but the 6-foot-4, 333-pound tackle still decided to compete at the Jimbo Fisher Camp on Thursday afternoon.

"I think I did great," Kirkland said, "but there's still more to work on. There's always room to get better. I just came out here to get better and take my game up another notch."

While at camp, Kirkland had the opportunity work with Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett. The massive lineman said his experience with Trickett was memorable.

"It was unique, funny and personal" he said. "It's just all business with him."

Kirkland, who is the No. 21-ranked tackle in the country, claims no favorites at the moment, but added that USC, UCLA, FSU, Miami and South Florida are recruiting him the hardest.


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- ESPN 150 linebacker Matthew Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington) knows he should be thinking about his recruitment while camping at Florida State on a muggy Thursday morning.

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Corey Long, ESPN RecruitingNationESPN 150 LB Matthew Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington) says last year's state-title-game loss motivates him during camp season.
But the 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior still can't get December out of his mind. Some of his teammates, many of whom took the trip to FSU with him, have moved on and tried to focus on the future.

For Thomas, however, a loss to Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles in the Class 4A state championship still stings hard. For three quarters, Thomas was clearly the best player on the field -- flying to the football, blocking a punt, forcing two fumbles and recording three tackles for loss. But something happened in the fourth quarter. Booker T. Washington took its foot off the pedal and Bolles capitalized to turn a 25-13 deficit into a 33-25 victory. Thomas is still shocked by what happened.

That's why Thomas, the No. 13 prospect in the nation who said at The Opening his two top schools are Alabama and Florida State, is sweating through Jimbo Fisher Camp in mid-July while many of the nation's other top prospects have shut things down for a few weeks. Thomas doesn't want to take anything for granted. Not on the field, not in recruiting, not in life.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Wide receiver Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), a 2014 prospect, was one of the top wideouts to compete at the Jimbo Fisher Camp on Thursday. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete says he has enjoyed his experience in Tallahassee.

"I love it," Scott said. "It's a home town, it's in Florida, they have the best weather and I love the facilities. I'll probably be back to see some games this year."

Scott picked up an offer while camping at Florida in June and said he will likely visit UF for a game this year as well.

"I love the coaches at Florida," he said. "Every time I go I could just see myself there. I like Florida, I like how they fit me -- I just liked it. I'll probably go see some games at Florida too and maybe UCF."


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2014 DL Chad Thomas in crosshairs 

July, 19, 2012
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The extra attention hadn't gone unnoticed Thursday.

Chad Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) had made a point of seeking out the top competition on the field at Jimbo Fisher Camp, and FSU defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot made a point of watching every move Thomas made.


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