NCF On The Trail: Jimbo Fisher

Four-star safety Mattrell McGraw (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian) had never been to Florida State's campus prior to this past weekend. He'd heard things that painted a mental image of the area, but in reality, in person, things were a lot different.

The state's capitol, something McGraw admittedly didn't know about, the amount of college students and having things to do all surprised him. And in a good way.


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As the Jimbo Fisher Camp was ending, the coach stood in front of a bunch of prospects in a semicircle. Meanwhile, a five-star talent hung out on the field, talking to a few people and watching what was going on.

The prospect was surrounded by a couple of Florida State commitments in Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) and Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia). When you're Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover), you command that sort of attention from your peers.


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Marlon Gonzalez (Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast) wasn't exactly flying high on Seminoles fans' radars coming into the first session of the Jimbo Fisher Camp in June.

Now that they know who the 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end is, they certainly understand why he was taken by the Florida State coaches. Even more credibility has arrived with his recent inclusion in the 2015 ESPN 300.

Sure, Gonzalez will take the honor -- like he should. But at the same time, he isn't focused on that above the goals of his team.


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ESPN 300 athlete Treon Harris (Miami/Booker T. Washington) is staying in the ACC, but he's leaving his hometown.

The 5-foot-11, 186-pound four-star prospect committed to Florida State over Miami on Monday afternoon, calling the Seminoles' coaching staff to share the news.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia coaching staff is looking for another cornerback in the Class of 2014 to pair with ESPN 300 athlete commit Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County). Its chances improved over the weekend as another ESPN 300 standout Kendall Randolph (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) named the Bulldogs as his leader, followed by Florida State and South Carolina.


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Jimbo Fisher's recruitment of quarterbacks has nearly reached a point where they come to him and not the other way around.

If you look at, it makes sense. Just during his time at Florida State, he has produced back-to-back first-round selections in the NFL draft in Christian Ponder (Vikings, 2011) and EJ Manuel (Bills, 2013).

But it didn't start there. And it probably won't end there, either.


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As far as Florida State is concerned, there are plenty of notable and recognizable names in the newly released ESPN 300.


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Another commitment has come in for head coach Jimbo Fisher during Florida State's first summer camp.

Rising senior Malique Jackson (Jesup, Ga./Wayne County), a long, rangy athlete at 6-foot-1, committed to the Seminoles after camping in front assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt. Jackson primarily worked out at cornerback, a place where Pruitt seems to like size.

"Yes, they recruited him as a corner," said Jackson's high school coach, Jody Grooms.

Jackson is the Seminoles' fourth commitment of this camp session, joining Ryan Sousa, Ethan Frith and Marlon Gonzalez.

Jackson attends the same school that produced current starting right guard Tre' Jackson.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Ethan Frith (Summit, Miss./North Pike) showed up to Florida State with a point to prove. And a new physique to show off.

Previously weighing in at 336 pounds, the offensive tackle this time checked in at 292 pounds. In the end, it very well could have earned him a spot on the Seminoles roster, especially given he ended up committing later in the day.

"I just wanted to compete and show Coach Jimbo [Fisher]," he said. "Since the last time I came here, I have lost 25 or so pounds.

“I just felt like it is the right place for me,” Frith said. “I love it down here. I like all of the coaches. I like all of the people down here. I just felt like it was home for me and it is where I should be.”

Right after his workout at the camp, Frith indicated he wasn't sure where he was in regard to making a decision. It certainly didn't appear imminent.

But in talking things over, Frith got the feeling that it was the place for him.

“Coach Trickett, getting to working with him and talking to him,” Frith said. “Then getting a chance to sit down and talk with him.

“He is a great coach,” Frith said. “I’ve been around [tough coaches] all of my life, so it isn’t anything new. I am looking forward to it. I plan on going to the NFL and he is the one who can get me there.”

Head coach Jimbo Fisher was expectedly happy with the news that he had a new offensive tackle coming in.

“He was excited,” Frith said. “I don’t think he expected me to, but he was excited when I did.”

As for the weight loss, Frith is in a position to stay trim. He's established new eating habits that set him up for prolonged success.

"Eating healthier, no fried foods, no cokes or Mountain Dews," he said. "My 40-yard dash has gotten faster. I'm more agile."

Frith is the Seminoles' 12th commitment of the 2014 class.

Official Visit: Thomas’ trouble; AU heats up

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NoleNation’s Corey Dowlar talks with Phil Murphy about the latest in Florida State 2013 signee Matthew Thomas' saga, and TideNation's Greg Ostendorf stops by to talk about the impending decisions of ESPN 150 recruits Tre’ Williams and Justin Thornton.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- After a trip north on the weekend, Ryan Davis' (St. Petersburg, Fla./Northeast) fondness of Florida State has deepened.

On Saturday the 2015 athlete, who also has offers from Arizona and USF, took in the Seminoles' annual spring game.


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Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, who faces the challenge of restocking depth this cycle, had one of his top offensive guard targets on campus last Tuesday.

Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic), who has been to Florida State before, spent the whole day seeing what the Seminoles' campus has to offer.


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Florida State already has a quarterback on board for 2014, and even one for 2015, but that's not going to stop them from hosting another one on an unofficial visit this weekend.

Jalan McClendon (Charlotte, N.C./ West Mecklenburg), a 6-foot-4 pocket passer, is headed down to Tallahassee to see how Florida State operates.


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James Coley's departure to Miami has already made an impact. Joseph Yearby (Miami/Central), a former Florida State commitment, switched to the Hurricanes since the change was made.

And now Coley is hoping it can happen again with wide receiver C.J. Worton (Homestead, Fla./South Dade). Miami recently offered the Florida State commitment and gave him something new to think about.


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Dominique Brown (Ocala, Fla./ Trinity Catholic) emerged over the summer circuit as a potentially big-time prospect.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback camped well just about everywhere he went, including Florida and Florida State.

But his momentum slowed a little during the fall, and only FIU and South Carolina offered. Monday might have got the ball rolling again when Middle Tennessee made it three.

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