One of the top offensive tackles in this year’s recruiting cycle has been on FSU’s campus twice over the course of the last week. Elijah Pritchett, who is rated as the 9th-best offensive tackle prospect in the nation for the class of 2022, took an official visit to FSU last weekend and was on campus again on Wednesday to participate in coach Mike Norvell’s Big Man Offensive Line and Defensive Line Camp.
His trip to Tallahassee was the first of three official visits the 6-foot-6 and 280-pound Columbus (Ga.) Carver High School product is expected to take this month. And the fact that Pritchett was back in Tallahassee just three days after his official visit can’t be anything but good for Norvell and offensive line coach Alex Atkins, who are battling Alabama, Georgia and Southern Cal among others to land the talented lineman.
“I just love the environment here,” said Pritchett of Florida State. “There’s good people around here and I like that.”
Pritchett says that he began to build a bond with Atkins as an underclassmen.
“Me and Coach Atkins, we’ve been close since the beginning of my sophomore year,” said Pritchett. “This is really like the second time being around him and every time it’s been good vibes.”
And with official visits to USC scheduled for this weekend and with Alabama on the weekend of June 25, FSU is hoping those vibes have some staying power.
The Big Man camp on Wednesday gave Pritchett an opportunity to see for the first time what it would be like to be coached by Atkins.
“He’s a good coach,” said Pritchett of Atkins. “If you’re not on top of your stuff, he’s going to be on you, so that’s one thing about him.”
Pritchett had originally announced he would announce his commitment on July 2nd but indicated on Wednesday that he will likely push his commitment until later in the year.
“I just want to explore my options and go to games and stuff like that,” said Pritchett.
Pritchett also noted that his final decision will “probably” come on national signing day. He also said he may return to Tallahassee next week to attend FSU’s second Big Man camp on Wednesday.
Pat Burnham contributed to this article. Player rating and position ranking courtesy of 247Sports.