Florida State Seminoles: Jimbo Fisher Camp Loaded with Talent
Starting Wednesday July 17, the second Jimbo Fisher Football Camp of the summer will take place at Florida State University. These camps give the Florida State coaching staff an up close look at prospects they have on their radar. Some players already have offers, and there is always a possibility that a prospect will verbally commit while on campus. At the first Fisher camp in June, Ryan Sousa, Malique Jackson, Ethan Frith, and Mavin Saunders all pledged their services to the Florida State class of 2014.
This week’s camp is loaded with even more talent from top to bottom. As with any camp, there will be a few that won’t be able to attend for whatever reason, but regardless, this camp could be huge for the Seminoles.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Noles will have a bunch of top targets in attendance. Once again, 2015 quarterback commitment De’Andre Johnson will be on campus, as will one of the top quarterback prospects for 2016, Feleipe Franks from Crawfordville, Florida. The 6-foot-4 185 pound dual threat quarterback already has an offer from Florida and could leave with one from the Noles after this week.
The running back position is absolutely stacked this week. Miami Central running backs Dalvin Cook and Joseph Yearby will be in attendance but are committed to Florida and Miami respectively. It’s unlikely the Seminoles will have much luck trying to flip either one of them, but there is a slight chance with Cook.
However, they do stand a great shot with T.J. Harrell, teammate of recent commit Corey Martinez. The 6-foot-1 210 pounder is listed as an athlete by most recruiting services but is being recruited as a running back in Tallhassee. There is a good chance he could commit by the end of camp.
Other running backs to watch are Aeris Williams and Donte Thomas-Williams, but it’s unlikely either is ready to commit and end the recruiting process. Finally, there are two elite running backs from the class of 2015 expected on campus. Jordan Scarlett and Jacques Patrick are being recruited by everybody in the south and will be household names on a national level by this time next year. Coach Fisher and company will get a chance to work with them this week and hopefully make a lasting impression on them both.
Perhaps the biggest prospect on campus, both literally and figuratively, will be Damian Prince of Forestville, Maryland. The 6-foot-5 292 pound tackle is a five star recruit according to Rivals, and it’s been a while since the Seminoles have signed a five star offensive lineman — 12 years to be exact. Prince has a number of connections with mid-Atlantic players who ended up in Tallahassee, so there is a reasonable chance he could end up at Florida State.
On the defensive side of the ball, there will be a number of players on campus that are already committed to Florida State. Linebackers Kain Daub, Delvin Purifoy, and Jacob Pugh will be in Tallahassee again trying to help recruit a few players to round out an outstanding class in 2014.
Recent safety commit Trey Marshall and 2015 commit Derwin James will be at the camp as well. James was just ranked as the 23rd best player in the country for 2015 by ESPN.
It’s never easy to predict which players could commit, but it’s safe to assume that at least one or two will this week. Florida State is up to number four in the Rivals Team Rankings and could jump higher after the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp.
B.L. is an ACC Football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip.