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Florida State football recruiting news: Day 2 of Jimbo Fisher camp

What happened (and what didn’t) at FSU camp Wednesday.

Jimbo Fisher and Owen Carney

Day 2 of the Jimbo Fisher football camp came and went. We’ll have updates from Day 3 in the comment section below, Thursday, but until then let’s recap what happened.

New Offers

Bo Nix, a 2019 QB from Scottsboro (Ala.) earned an offer after a good day of throwing. He’s an Auburn legacy (Patrick Nix) and Jimbo Fisher coached his father during his time at Auburn.

FSU offered 2018 DB Nadab Joseph, of Miami Edison. Joseph is an LSU commitment and did not get an FSU offer in June (I thought he lacked effort in many of his June reps), so he came back, tried hard and earned an offer. He’s quite excited about it. Joseph has nice length at 6’2.

Alabama DT Neil Farrell, of Mobile (Ala.) Murphy had a strong day. Farrell is 6’4, 290 pounds and moved pretty well in drills. He claims a bunch of big offers including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, etc., but is somehow still a three-star prospect.

Owen Carney, a defensive end from Miami Central earned an offer. He said that FSU measured him in at 6’3, 236. Carney profiles as an edge rusher type and FSU is going to be a player in his recruitment, along with Auburn, Miami, Illinois, Duke (he has grades and plans to be an early enrollee) and a few others. We spoke to Carney before and after he was offered. This is after.

Carney said that FSU told him it is taking three or four defensive ends. Miami Central has been a good school to FSU over the years with players like Devonta Freeman and Dalvin Cook, among many others. Carney is rated a three-star prospect and if he is the third or fourth defensive end in the class, that would be a strong class for FSU.

Armwood 2018 receiver Warren Thompson earned an offer from FSU Thursday and spoke to David Visser about his performance and offer.

Potential offers

Kiondre Jones is a great looking guard from Hogansville, GA (Callaway) in the class of 2019. I expect FSU will offer him at some point.

Robert Reeves, the Pensacola (Fla.) linebacker is growing on me. He’s skinny at 6’1.5, 191, but he could be a solid addition to a class down the line. He moves pretty well.

Brian Jones worked out again, I covered the Louisiana DE Tuesday and my thoughts are the same.

Existing offers and news

Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern QB commit Bailey Hockman threw the ball very well Wednesday. The lefty was also challenged by Jimbo Fisher, Randy Sanders and Tino Sunseri to work on different things and a lot of intense coaching was happening. One source remarked how much better Hockman was now than two years ago.

FSU commitments CB Stanford Samuels III and S Cyrus Fagan were working out for a period in the morning session together, challenging each other to get better. Both are studs and I interviewed Fagan about what it was like to work with his future teammates and coaches.

Hamsah Nasirildeen, a LB/S out of Concord showed up late in the afternoon. He is a physical specimen and I’m excited to see him work out Friday morning with the safeties. Many think he’s heading to Alabama.

Guy Thomas, Matthew Thomas’ brother from Miami Booker T. Washington already had an offer, but FSU had not been recruiting him much. He had good moments working out but wasn’t a dominating force like his brother was coming up in the prep ranks. He seems to prefer some other schools to Florida State, but said that could change as (if) FSU recruits him harder.

Charles Strong ... I have more content coming on 2018 RB commitment Charles Strong this weekend. For now, I’ll just say that multiple stars, both college and NFL players stopped to watch him. The word "birth certificate" was thrown around. Strong works like crazy and is incredibly strong with good burst for his size. I cannot understand why people in the comment sections and social media aren’t more excited about him. Everyone I speak to associated with FSU and its staff rave about the kid.

Jeremy Ruckert, a 2018 tight end out of Lindenhurst (NY) lived up to the billing of a top-10 tight end. I chatted briefly with he and his father and they said they were enjoying their trip and loved working with coach Tim Brewster. They don’t seem close to a commitment and are evaluating many of the top schools in the country.

Michael Johnson, the 2019 QB from Sunnyvale (Calif.) The Kings Academy didn’t have the best reps when I saw him, but others I trust saw him during different portions of the camp and came away impressed. In any case, FSU has already seen enough to offer and his film is strong. FSU’s not exactly throwing out 2019 QB offers for the heck of it.

Not here yet: 4-star LB Leonard Warner (Georgia), 4-star DE K’Lavon Chaisson (Texas), 5-star DB Jeffrey Okudah (Texas), 4-star DE Jarez Parks (Florida) and 5-star OL Alex Leatherwood (Florida, but committed to Alabama). I expected all of them in based on recent conversations, so we’ll see what happens. If they don’t come in for camp, the next question becomes when they try to come in before football season starts, if at all.

Names to know if you really, really like recruiting but who aren’t quite FSU caliber

I’ll work some more in Friday or over the weekend, but right now it’s pretty late. Ask any questions you have in the comment section.