The first session of the camps that have been the building blocks for Florida State's 58-11 record with three ACC titles, two BCS wins and a National title began again on Wednesday.
About half of Florida State's starters participated in Jimbo's camp at some point. Each year, quite a few new names emerge and the event helps the coaches form their board, and it also helps us media in that regard.
The camp runs through Friday, with a big man camp on Saturday. Camp is a major part of Florida State's recruiting engine because the staff gets to take accurate height and weight measurements and work out prospects in person. Is the kid as fast as his tape looks? How big are his hips and shoulders? Can he add the weight the school needs him to add?
Per usual, the expected visitors for the June session are not as good as those likely to make it up for the July camp, but there are some interesting story lines to watch, and Dustin Tackett, David Visser and Curt Weiler will have updates for you beginning this afternoon.
-5:00 2017 defensive end Jarez Parks is a freakish athlete with good pop.
-4:30 -- The guys have observed that Gatewood's measurements are legit. At 6'3" or 6'4" and 200 lbs+, he would easily be FSU's biggest QB along with JJ Cosentino. Certainly bigger than Maguire, Johnson, Francois or Golson. Gatewood is receiving a lot of 1-on-1 attention.
-4:00-- Ahman Ross, a DB from Jacksonville Bolles is very high on FSU:
-3:00 -- Miami commit Al Blades Jr., he who became internet famous for throwing up the "U" inside FSU's stadium, is also attending.
-2017 four-star defensive end Vandarius Cowan is in attendance along with a number of other 2017 stars. FSU leads for him. Cowan says he is a linebacker, but is listed at 6'4, 220 entering his junior year, which is very big for a backer.
Looking good pic.twitter.com/3xY6TJYGUR— NoDayssOff_24 (@vandarius98) June 10, 2015
-1 ET -- Stanford Samuels III tweeted that he will attend the July camp and not the June session.
-10:00 am -- Joey Gatewood (details below) has arrived. He'll be visiting for 2 days. A source tells us that he's not sure if Gatewood will commit, and that if it happens, that it won't happen until the end of the visit. Gatewood's Auburn visit really impressed him.
We'll be watching these throughout the camp.
Florida State has offers out to LB Devin Bush, Jr. and CB Stanford Samuels, III (2017), both of Hollywood (Fla.) Flanagan. FSU is in strong position for both, with Michigan the biggest threat for Bush and Georgia perhaps the stiffest competition for Samuels. Our sources believe that FSU would accept commitments from both players if they want to come on board. Both are solid four-star prospects at this stage and Samuels may eventually end up as a five-star.
2018 QB committing?
As we profiled earlier this week, FSU might elect to not take a QB in 2017 if it lands Joey Gatewood, of Jacksonville (Fla.) Bartram Trail. If Gatewood continues to progress, he might end up as the No. 1 QB nationally three years from now. Gatewood's visit to Auburn gave him something to think about, but he still loves Florida State and is very comfortable with the staff.
Impact 2016 out-of-state defenders
Several defenders from out-of-state are coming in to see the Seminoles. The most noteworthy is Nigel Knott, a four-star cornerback from Mississippi, who is also considering Alabama and the Mississippi schools. Another is Nick Coe, of Asheboro (NC), a jumbo defensive end with excellent power and better speed than I expected when I saw him in Charlotte recently. Linebacker Jaleel Laguins, of Watkinsville (Ga.) Ocoee County, will also be making the trip, though the four-star is widely expected to choose the Bulldogs.