More than 15 different high schools visited head coach Mike Norvell’s Big Man Camp hosted on June 16, bringing exposure and coaching to high school players from all over.
Photographs and video from the camp of some of FSU’s targets along with analysis from Tomahawk Nation’s CoachAB can be seen below:
Florida State head coach Mike Norvell and Defensive Line Coach Odell Haggins watch as Clearwater International class of 2022 247Sports Composite 3-star defensive lineman Isaiah Hastings in blue faces off against JUCO offensive tackle Bruno Onuwuazor during one-on-one drills. This was one of the more intriguing match-ups on the day. Isaiah Hastings holds offers from Notre Dame, Arizona State, Kansas State, Purdue, West Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana and Georgia.
Hastings running a 40-yard dash.
CoachAB: Big men running 40’s? The 10-yard split is the most important for offensive and defensive linemen. The 10-yard split is a better benchmark for line play because they operate in a smaller box than a wide receiver sprinting down the field. You see how explosive the two players above are.
Hastings with a move to get off the blocker and reach the cone.
CoachAB- Hastings shows a quick first step and excellent hand play above. He gains ground on the offensive linemen, forces him to set, and then slaps his hands away while ripping inside. This is a nice display of quickness and recognition on the fly.
Class of 2022 247Sports 3-star offensive tackle Keon Kindred does a nice job keeping the incoming defensive end from getting to the cone during this rush drill. You can hear head coach Mike Norvell yell, “Good Punch!” when Kindred gets his hands on the defender to push him off course. Kindred holds offers from Delaware State Hornets, FIU Golden Panthers, Maryland Terrapins, Florida Atlantic Owls and picked up an offer from the Florida A&M coaching staff who were also in attendance at today’s camp.
CoachAB: Am I allowed to be excited about big man camp film? If so, this is my excited tone. Kindred looks like a player to me. Perhaps lacking the ideal length of the position (I have not seen his true measurables) but he displays the bend, quickness, and heavy handedness that I like in my tackles. How do you defeat a speed rusher? Punch them in the mouth. Kindred delivers a shocking blow that gets this edge rusher off his path. Once he wins with the punch he uses his athleticism to blow the end right on by. Offer him today please.
Class of 2022 247Sports 3-star offensive tackle Ja’Kavion Nonar from Glades Central squares of with Isaiah Hastings for a good repetition. Nonar was also offered by the Florida A&M coaching staff at today’s camp. Ja’Kavion Nonar also holds offers from Delaware State, Maryland Terrapins, Pittsburgh Panthers and FIU Golden Panthers.
Another of Kindred, this time in one-on-ones. He gets some instruction from FSU Offensive Line Coach Alex Atkins afterwards.
Isaiah Hastings and Keon Kindred go toe-toe and get a little chippy at the end. It was interesting to see the coaches move lineman around for different match-ups. This match-up in particular was a good one.
CoachAB: You see the rawness of both prospects here. Hastings tries to use a similar move that we documented earlier but is stoned. Kindred plays a little too out over his toes and gets off balance. Had Kindred stayed patient and trusted his technique he wins this matchup easily. Hastings is most likely an interior player at the next level as he lacks the burst on the edge to beat tackles up the field. Ultimately, this is a stalemate battle between the two players but you have to like the fight and effort. These are floor players you can build a program around. Alot of guys describe themselves as “dogs” but these two display a willingness to compete that you want to have on the roster.
Defensive line coach Odell Haggins gives some instruction before the drill and Isaiah Hastings starts it off.
Memphis Tigers head coach Ryan Silverfield gave an end of camp speech and can be seen here talking with one of the campers. Ryan Silverfield has worked with FSU head coach Mike Norvell since 2015 and became Memphis Tigers head coach in 2019.
“Fatman” 247Sports Composite 4-star running back Kaytron Allen out of IMG Acadamy came in style during his official visit prompting a response from Coach Norvell. Coach Norvell yelled, “It must be nice!” and smiled as he crossed through the drills going on. Kaytron Allen is a highly sought after recruit and holds offers from Florida State Seminoles, Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs and many other top programs.
June 16th was the last of the two Big Man Camps before entering another recruiting dead period on June 28th, 2021.