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Florida State football mega camp aiming to showcase Tallahassee, state talent

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The Sunshine Showcase will have recruits from all over the state on display.

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As the rest of the state of Florida is waking up, Tallahassee will already be buzzing. In fact, by the time you read this article, there will already be hundreds of recruits on Florida State’s campus for the first annual Sunshine Showcase.

What is the Sunshine Showcase? Following in the tradition established at Memphis, the mega camp is part of the Coach Mike Norvell Football Camp summer series. The event is open to all “Rising” juniors and seniors. In attendance, will be coaches and staff from over 50 college programs.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase our state,” Norvell said during a youth camp stop in Tampa last month. “These kids have been so limited, and you do not get the spring evaluations. So [on top of that] if we can provide an opportunity for our players in the state of Florida to get that exposure from over 60 colleges from all levels [at our Mega Camp], we’ve accomplished what this is all about.”

The original thought behind the camp while Norvell was coaching at Memphis was simple — while the team wants to sign the best of the best, there are obvious limits on how many players can be brought in. For a coach who truly embodies the idea that football is about family and providing opportunity, it’s a chance to help kids who might have never gotten a look, especially after an entire year of no in-person recruiting.

What to expect at the event? On Sunday, June 6, there will be four sessions going on throughout the day. Each session will be broken down by position groups:

Group 1: Running backs, tight ends, offensive line, defensive line, and linebackers

  • First session starts at 10 a.m., second session starts at 2:30 p.m.

Group 2: Quarterback, wide receivers, defensive backs

  • First session starts at 12:15 p.m., second session starts at 4:45 p.m.

Taken from Coach Norvell’s page:

“The camp is a great way for talented young athletes to showcase their talent and be seen by many different University/Colleges from different levels. Athletes will get the opportunity to test (40-yard dash, pro shuttle, & broad jump), learn from our staff here at Florida State University, as well as other assistant football coaches, and compete in 1v1s. This camp is designed to expose individuals’ talent with coaches from across the country.”

The Florida State football staff has hit the ground running since the dead period has ended.

Kicking off the first week with a Midnight Madness event, followed by a week with multiple 4 and 5-stars, and finally capped with a mega camp that will continue to grow the staff’s footprint on the state. Tomahawk Nation will be in attendance throughout Sunday’s camp, posting updates of highly ranked recruits that make it to the event as well as other updates.

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