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Elite camp, mega camp strengthen relationship between FSU, prospects

On Saturday and Sunday, Florida State held two camps. One was an elite camp on Saturday night that had some of the best players in the country from the 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025 classes.

The Seminoles tried to make a statement and did so. Travis Hunter, who is committed to the Seminoles, was the headliner. Other top players, like Avery Johnson from Maize, Kan., was in attendance. He put on a show and ended up one of the top signal callers at the camp. Jalen Brown from Gulliver Prep attended the camp and will be one of the top players in Florida in 2023. The talented Brown could star at receiver or cornerback in college. There were four lineman who attended the camp (commitment Aliou Bah as well as Qaeshon Sapp, Tyler Jefferies and Kanaya Charlton). All four hold offers from the Seminoles.

The player who dominated the defensive line drills was Trevion Williams of Mississippi. He is listed as a three-star prospect by the networks. Daniel Lyons and teammate Dante Anderson also attended the event. EJ Lightsey and Daniel Martin were two of the linebackers who drew attention. At defensive back Earl Little has put FSU in the mix. 

At the Mega Camp FSU had more than 2,000 prospects work out during the four sessions. One of the top guys was Francois Nolton of Miami Edison. The Florida commit has now become a priority for the FSU coaching staff. Another player who attended the camp and earned a scholarship was Brian Grant of Choctawhatchee High School. He is a legit 6-foot-7 or 6-8. He showed some athletic ability for a big guy. I would not be shocked to see FSU put on the full-court press for Grant. Hero Kanu from Rancho Santa Margarita attended the Mega Camp as well. The player who made one of the bigger impacts was Devin Smith of Oakleaf. With a major need at linebacker he could be one of the top targets down the road. 

We will break down each position and where FSU stands in the recruitment of certain players. 

Quarterbacks

Avery Johnson (Maize HS) (Class of 2023)

Julian Sayin (Carlsbad HS) (Class of 2024) 

Colin Hurley (Trinity Christian) (Class of 2025)

Comments: Johnson is going to end up being a player FSU will most likely recruit hard. He has great size and a very good arm. He displayed the type of touch at the FSU camp you want to see from a young quarterback. He has very good placement on his passes. You watch him throw and it looks easy for Johnson. He will probably end up one of the top quarterbacks in the 2023 class. Hurley is a prospect that is only a freshman. He already holds offers from multiple P5 programs. FSU was one of the most recent offers. He was at the Mega Camp. He will continue to be evaluated not only by FSU but other top programs across the country. We did not have the chance to watch Sayin at the Elite Camp but he did throw. 

Offensive linemen

FSU OL commitment Aliou Bah (IMG shirt) watches Alex Atkins detail fundamentals during camp. (photo by Charles Fishbein)

Travis Gray – OT-Cherokee Trail – 6’6 – 300 (Class of 2022)

Brian Grant – OT – Choctaw HS- 6’8 – 270 (Class of 2022)

Kanaya Charlton – OG – 6-5 – 362 – Georgia (Class of 2022)

Qae’shon Sapp – OG – 6-5 – 320 – Georgia (Class of 2022)

Aliou Bah – OT – 6-6 – 325 – Bradenton IMG Academy- (Committed to FSU, Class of 2022)

Tyler Jeffries – OT – 6-5 – 310 – Alcoa HS-(Class of 2023)

Comments: FSU has a major need along the offensive line. These were the guys who stood out the most. Bah lost a ton of weight this offseason and it has really helped out his footwork. He moves much better and is less susceptible of having a defensive end get him off balance and lose leverage. Bah showed at the Elite Camp that he can possibly play tackle and be very good at it. Brian Grant was the sleeper at the camp. He displayed very good athletic ability. The former basketball player is getting more comfortable to football. He is one of the tackles in Florida that sees more and more college programs take notice. He is committed to Tennessee. Tyler Jeffries was a prospect we really liked. He is a tough, hard-nosed football player. He is going to end up a guard or center in college. He seems to really like football. Sapp and Charlton are both future guards. They actually moved better than we would have thought. Gray is a prospect we will keep on the radar. 

Defensive linemen

Aaron Hester – DE (Committed to FSU) (Class of 2022) 

Gabriel Harris – DE – (Committed to FSU) (Class of 2023)

Lamont Green Jr. – DE (Committed to FSU) (Class of 2023)

Trevion Williams – DL (From Mississippi) (Class of 2022)

NyJalik Kelly – DE – (Dillard HS) (Class of 2022)

Dante Anderson – DE/OLB (Homestead) (Class of 2022)

Daniel Lyons – DT – (Homestead) (Class of 2022)

Vic Burley – DL (Warner Robins-GA) (Class of 2023)

Francois Nolton – DE – (Miami Edison) (Class of 2022)

Hero Kanu – DL – (Rancho Santa Margarita) (Class of 202o) 

Sincere Edwards – DE (Apopka) (Class of 2024)

Damon Wilson – DE (Venice) (Class of 2023)

Keon Keeley – DE – (Berkeley Prep) (Class of 2023)

Brandon Cleveland – DL – (Carrollwood Day) (Class of 2022)

Comments: FSU has a major need up front on the defensive line and the past two days their camp showcased some of the best defensive lineman in the nation for 2022, 2023 and 2024. Gabriel Harris worked out and did not disappoint. He was one of the best defensive ends at the camp. Lamont Green Jr. continues to impress us this spring. The two players who made the biggest impact at their camp and will end up getting offers are Keon Keeley and Trevion Williams. These two are difference makers. We watched Hester at the Elite Camp and feel his best positon may end up being outside linebacker.

Linebackers 

Devin Smith – Orange Park Oakleaf – LB (2022)

EJ Lightsey – Fitzgerald – Ga. – LB 2022

Devin Smith had a very good performance at the FSU Mega Camp. He is a guy you wanted to see in person and Smith performed well. He has size. Kid looks like he is ready for college now. He also showed some solid coverage skills. Smith is a prospect we expect to see FSU go after hard. Lightsey is one of our favorite linebackers this year. He did not disappoint as he will continue to be one of FSU top targets this fall. Daniel Martin also showed up for the camp but we did not get a good look at him. 

Defensive Backs

Earl Little – American Heritage – CB – (2022)

Comments: Many times Elite prospects go to camps and not work out. Little showed up at the camp and performed very well. He displayed the ability to take coaching. Little was constantly listening and learning from DB coach Marcus Woodson. We expect Little to take his commitment all the way to NSD and FSU has a legit shot at him.

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