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Florida State football, recruiting news: Jimbo Fisher all smiles after FSU’s second scrimmage of camp

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True freshman QB, James Blackman, is having an outstanding camp.

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Jimbo Fisher is usually between steaming and livid after the second scrimmage of fall camp but this year? He’s all smiles.

"Very pleased with the scrimmage,” Fisher said.

"One side made plays and the other side had good plays made. Very efficient. You always worry about getting penalties, misalignments, communication, getting subs in and out.

"A lot of things operationally that I thought was very sharp. Much sharper than the first. Not that the first was really that bad, but it was one of the better ones that we’ve had."

The praise went all around as Fisher had great things to say about both the offense and the defense during the scrimmage.

He was also pleased with how competitive the game was.

"I thought the offense was very efficient in the game," Fisher said.

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Speaking of Justin Fields; his father gave a very in-depth radio interview about the status of his recruitment and there were some good sound bites in there for FSU fans:

"It will continue into the football season. I think we will do that (official visits). I know we are going to the Florida State - Alabama game. I am looking forward to seeing the dome actually. I have not taken a tour or anything. From there, we really do not have any solid plans."

His father is not sure if the programs will get Fields back on campus before a decision is made.

"I am pretty sure we are going to watch some football games," Ivant said. "A decision could be made Sept. 3, He could, if everything lines up on Sept. 3. A decision could be made in February, after five official visits. That is ultimately up to Justin and when he says he is ready to pull the trigger."

"Justin is not looking to go to a place and run a lot. He can use his legs, but you do not see a pro quarterback just tuck and run. Ultimately, he would like to fulfill his dream and become a pro football player and they do not do a lot of running. He needs to go somewhere where he is developed, reading defenses, coverages and protection and things of that nature. Who is going to develop him and get him ready for the next level?"

Florida State has had production at the quarterback position in recent years.

"You cannot deny their development," Ivant said. "Coach Fisher is a quarterback guru. Three first round picks with the last three starting quarterbacks. That is a big pro with Florida State. They kind of jumped on him late, so he is still developing relationships there, but it is undeniable - they can develop a quarterback."

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