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Breaking down staff recruiting areas in the Sunshine State and beyond

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Where the boots hit the ground.

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From Big Bend to Macon—South Carolina to the boot of Louisiana. Polk County, New Jersey, Palm Beach, and into the midwest; It seems the FSU staff has blanketed the southeast and continues to extend its reach further north. New commitments flock like wild hounds.

*I got a little carried away with myself there. Hounds don’t flock. But speaking on the matter, drop a picture of your pooch in the comments below because we’d love to see them. If that doesn’t float your toaster, post them in our Discord server—we’re all in there to chat.

The Florida State Seminoles recently landed transfer defensive end Marcus Cushnie to bring much-needed depth on the edge. Jerrale Powers planted a spear into the ground with his commitment earlier in July and it begs the question on who, what, where and how this staff can organize putting the right coaches in the right places.

Straight from the horse's mouth at one of last month’s recruiting camps, we’ve put together a list of the FSU coaching staff and their respective recruiting areas*:

Prior to the announcement of Kenyatta Watson as Director of Player Relations:

Tight ends and deputy head coach Chris Thomsen

Tallahassee, FL down to Ocala and up to Macon, GA.

Offensive line coach Alex Atkins

The greater Atlanta area, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator Marcus Woodson

South Mississippi and Alabama, the panhandle of Florida, Montgomery, AL and the southwest Georgia area.

Defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator John Papuchis

The greater Jacksonville area and southeast Georgia.

Wide receivers coach Ron Dugans

Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kenny Dillingham

South Tampa to Key West

Recruiting coordinator and running backs coach David “YAC” Johnson

Louisiana and Dade County, FL.

Defensive line coach Odell Haggins

Southeast Virginia, Polk County FL, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia Beach.

Linebackers coach and defensive run game coordinator Chris Marve

Orlando and the space coast of Florida to Daytona Beach and Cobb County, GA.

Defensive coordinator Adam Fuller

Pinellas and Pasco counties along with the Tampa, FL area.

Offensive assistant Guy Lemonier Jr.

Palm Beach county and South Florida.

Defensive assistant Tre’ Bell

New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Houston, TX.

Offensive line assistant Cooper Williams

Northwest Georgia and Tennessee.

Senior defensive analyst Clint McMillan

Central Florida

Senior offensive analyst Tony Tokarz

Kansas, Iowa and JUCO nationally.

Offensive analyst Austin Tucker

North of Montgomery, AL and Arkansas.

Defensive assistant Slade Buckley

Mississippi.

Defensive analyst Sabbath Joseph

Dade and Palm Beach counties.

Senior Defensive analyst Randy Shannon

Dade and Palm Beach counties along with Atlanta, GA.


*Sorry about the audio. I’m going to throw my phone like a McKenzie Milton bomb across the practice field next time to get it closer and hope that it doesn’t hit anyone.


Stay updated at Tomahawk Nation with player interviews coming later in the week. Ask our experts Josh Pick and NoleThruandThru questions in the latest recruiting thread. Visit your local Arby’s to tell Frank that the bathrooms need cleaning and in the comments below tell us which recruiting areas that you think the staff should focus on the most.