Florida State introduced five members of its 2021 recruiting class to the media on Wednesday. Safety Shyheim Brown from Lake City (Fla.) Columbia High was the first newcomer on the podium and he answered questions on everything from how he was adjusting to a college football off-season program to what position he will be playing this fall and how he plans to benefit from name, image and likeness legislation moving forward.
“It’s been pretty good,” answered Brown when ask how his adjustment to college has gone since arriving on-campus in early June. “As far as the workouts, I’m pretty used to that. It is just not my high school coaches now. Most of the stuff we do here I did in high school. Waking up early, being at the facility 24/7, I’m getting used to that, I ain’t used to that.”
“Working out with Coach (Josh) Storms and them, it is pretty good,” said Brown of the Seminoles’ strength and conditioning coach. I like it because I like the work. They are bringing the best out of you. They want you to be the best that you can be. The gains, if you all see me do the front squats, in high school I hated front squats, but now I go in there and I’m ready for the front squats because Coach Storms and them, they’ve taught me the right technique to do them. Before when I used to do front squats, my back used to hurt, I used to hate front squats. But now I’ve gotten comfortable with it. Power pins, bench, I’ve been strong since high school, so they’re perfecting it. It is good working with them.”
One reason Brown might have a little easier time transitioning to a major college football offseason program is his head coach at Columbia was former FSU linebacker Brian Allen, who is known for running a disciplined and hard-nosed program in Lake City. Allen also was a huge advocate for Brown during his FSU recruitment but gave the defensive back some advice before he headed west .
“Basically he told me he stuck his neck out for me,” said Brown of Allen. “He put me in the position for me to be great. He told me to make the most of it. Don’t come up here playing. Most people think Tallahassee is just like a party school, don’t get caught up in that. Put my head down, work, do what I have to do to get on the field and play.”
After being a jack of all trades in high school, where he lined up all over the field for Columbia at safety, cornerback and linebacker, Brown will start out as a deep safety to begin his FSU career.
“I’m in college now, as far playing many positions, I don’t think they will have me doing that,” said Brown. “I’m playing safety right now, the buck, the boundary safety, so I think that and nickel is where they will have me playing. But as a boundary safety, your main job is you’ve got to hit, and I ain’t got a problem with hitting. Basically one thing I think I will need to work on is just getting technique right, the plays, the fundamentals of everything.”
Brown, who is 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, also talked about what it is like to finally be coached by defensive coordinator Adam Fuller and cornerback coach Marcus Woodson.
“When we are in practice, I’m really with both Coach Fuller and Coach Woodson,” said Brown. “They just teach you the basics right now because we are in the summer so all we are really doing is conditioning. They are just getting us prepared for the fall camp. They know what they are doing and they want the best for you. So I think it is going to be good. They are going to teach me what I need to know, put me in positions that I need to be in to make plays, so I’m just trusting them and I’m waiting.”
For now Brown says his focus will remain on the field and on becoming a better football player on his stripes on the college level.
“Really I haven’t given too much thought to it,” when asked about the NIL. “My thing right now, I’m just focused on me, the team, football. I know all of the other stuff is going to take care of itself later. If the opportunity shows itself, I’m going to take it. But for right now, I’m not too focused on it.”
The Osceola will have more from the other four freshman who met with the media today — DT Shambre Jackson, DE Patrick Payton, DE Byron Turner Jr. and DE George Wilson — later in the week.