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FSU in good shape to land game-changing OL Amarius Mims

Georgia offensive tackle Amarius Mims, who entered the portal on Sunday, is on a visit to Florida State with his family on Thursday. Mims is expected to visit Miami next.

The Osceola’s Charles Fishbein has multiple sources who confirm Florida State is in very good shape with Mims but that the 6-foot-7, 330-pound athlete has not yet committed officially. 

“My sources at Miami say he brought his family to Tallahassee, but they will not make the visit with him to Miami. My source feels he is leaning to Florida State,” Fishbein said. “Florida State coaches feel very good about their relationship with Mims, which date to his recruitment.”

Mims signed with Georgia in December 2020. FSU’s Alex Atkins was active in recruiting Mims to FSU back then, when he was the offensive line coach, and Atkins is now also the Seminoles’ offensive coordinator. Mims also made an unofficial visit to FSU in Nov. 2019, prior to the arrival of coach Mike Norvell and the staff.

Fishbein, who has multiple sources in Tallahassee and Miami, has confirmed Florida State is in a good position to land Mims but that the Cochran (Ga.) Bleckley County native has not yet committed officially to the Seminoles.  

Bleckley is about 165 miles northeast of Doak Campbell Stadium.

The Osceola will look for Mims, the No. 1 offensive lineman in the portal, to be the only one who can make his decision official as the universities involved cannot announce anything about the transfer until he is on campus and signed. 

The current transfer policies with transfer students are different than with incoming freshmen who can sign on national signing date. According to a source at Florida State, the signing document binds the school but does not bind the transfer student until they are on campus and enrolled, which is why schools do not announce a transfer until he has enrolled in a class.

Florida State’s Summer Session A starts May 9. The University of Georgia’s final exams for the Spring Semester run from May 5-11, so I would not expect to see a formal, binding announcement from the university until the May 9-11 timeframe.

This may be Mims’ first official visit to a campus anywhere as he was in the class of juniors who were affected by the Covid shutdown and could not make visits to campus.

Sources close to Florida State say Mims and his family will enjoy the full campus visit during the 48 hours he is permitted to be on a paid official visit. That will include time with the administration, with the head coach and position coaches as well as time with his academic advisors and professors from the schools he has interest, as well as with his teammates in the community. 

Mims, a five-star prospect, was ranked the No. 8 prospect in the country and the No. 3 tackle prospect in the class of 2020, according to 247Sports. Mims was serious about Florida State before selecting Georgia, developing a bond with Atkins that may now bear fruit. 

Atkins has since been promoted to offensive coordinator and Mims could be a big piece to solving the offensive line puzzle for FSU. Atkins will have plenty of time with Mims and his family to show them exactly how he will be used within the offensive scheme during the official visit.

While Mims did not start a game as a true freshman, he did play in eight games. Mims found himself behind redshirt sophomore Broderick Jones and Warren McClendon at tackle, so he may find the opportunity to compete for playing time better at Florida State.

As to when Mims will make his commitment official is anybody’s guess. 

FSU coaches previously explained that transfer students are generally more deliberate on their official visit than are high school prospects and sometimes take longer to decide. However, Mims knows Atkins, FSU is close to home, so this could happen sooner. As we’ve all learned in recruiting anything can happen in the meantime, including visits to schools other than Miami. 

Fishbein and the Osceola staff are optimistic about this one and we pledge to provide you with any credible, sourced information we discover in the days ahead.

Look for an evaluation of Mims by our analysts Mark Salva, Patrick Burnham and Fishbein with a lively discussion of Mims on Thursday’s Osceola Happy Hour at 6 p.m. Register here.