2023 QB’s performance at FSU’s Elite Camp leads to offer

Rising junior quarterback Avery Johnson from Maize (Kan.) High School was one of the few players who participated in FSU’s Elite Football Camp on Saturday that didn’t already have an offer from coach Mike Norvell and the Seminoles. That was not the case by the time Johnson’s visit to Tallahassee ended. Norvell extended an offer to the 6-foot-2, 167-pound signal caller shortly after the camp ended.

“It’s a great blessing to be offered by Florida State and it was my first in-person offer,” said Johnson. “Just being able to sit in front of as big of a head coach as Coach Norvell and get an offer in-person … I was just smiling ear to ear.”

Johnson is rated as a four-star prospect and is ranked as the 14th-best quarterback in his recruiting class. FSU and Kansas State are the two schools that are the favorites in Johnson’s recruitment after spending time on both campuses since June 1.

“Florida State has been big,” said Johnson. “As they’ve tried to recruit me, I’ve built great relationships with them. Coach (Kenny) Dillingham, since I’ve been on campus, then Coach (Tony) Tokarz … I’ve been building good relationships, so I like them a lot.”

Added Johnson: “I’ve been talking to K-State a lot, and I really like the people at K-State as well.”

Johnson said he started getting on FaceTime with Dillingham once per week about three or four months ago.

“Not long calls or anything, just chopping it up a little bit, and he’s been really cool to me, so that’s been a blessing to be able to talk to him,” said Johnson.

Johnson also noted what stands out about Dillingham, and described what he likes about him.

“I really like his personality,” said Johnson. “He cracks a lot of jokes, which is like myself in a sense, but I like how he’s a great coach. He is intelligent, he is a knowledgeable type of guy, and he knows how to turn it on and focus whenever that needs to happen.”

Johnson considers the strengths of his game to be his ability outside of the pocket and believes his greatest trait to be his competitiveness and will-to-win.

He also said he plans to commit sometime before his senior season because he believes it could have an impact on other recruits considering the program which he ultimately commits.

“The quarterback is a big help in the recruitment process with recruiting other players in your class, so I definitely want to have that figured out by some time next year,” said Johnson. 

Arizona State, Arkansas, Iowa State, Kansas, Ole Miss and TCU have also offered Johnson.

Pat Burnham contributed to this article. Player rating and position ranking courtesy of 247Sports.