Guard Kanaya Charlton had developed a strong relationship with FSU offensive line coach Alex Atkins through text messages, phone calls, Twitter, Facebook and Zoom but last week the pair finally got a chance to visit in-person and on-campus for the first time in over a year.
Charlton, a 2022 prospect who is 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds, has been on-campus on three different occasions since the NCAA lifted its 15 months-long dead period on June 1. He attended FSU’s Elite camp on June 5, the Mega Camp on June 6 and the Seminoles’ Padded OL and DL Camp on June 9.
The Brunswick (Ga.) High School product has enjoyed the chance to build face-to-face relationships with Atkins and the rest of the FSU staff.
“The Elite Camp was amazing,” said Charlton. “Going into it, I didn’t know what to expect. But after I got done with it, I was quite amazed with how it was run and how I performed.”
Charlton didn’t work out during the Mega Camp but instead used it as an opportunity to learn more about the coaching styles of both Atkins and head coach Mike Norvell, who gave instruction to several of his high school teammates who did participate in the camp.
“The Mega Camp was great,” said Charlton. “It was amazing for my teammates that came. It was amazing for them because they got a little bit of exposure that they needed so they can blow up.”
“I’ve seen his ability to actually help his players get better,” Charlton said of Atkins. “Even with the recruits, he pushed them to go beyond their limits and it really shows. Coach Atkins also realizes that every player is different, and he changes his coaching to fit the needs of each individual and that is something you don’t see many coaches do.”
Charlton’s next visit to Tallahassee may be his most important. He will take an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend and then return for his official visit to FSU on June 25.
Dane Draper contributed to this article.