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FSU’s Mega Camp is a huge success

Mike Norvell held his first Mega Camp as the Seminoles’ coach on the Collegetown Intramural Fields Sunday morning and afternoon and by all accounts it was a mega success. Approximately 2,000 high school prospects participated in the camp, which was broken into four sessions for players ranging from ninth grade to 12th grade.

Running backs, tight ends, offensive line and defensive line prospects participated in two individual sessions in which they were not only timed in the 40-yard dash but were also put through individual drills for over 90 minutes. The offensive and defensive lines also competed against each other in one-on-one pass protection drills.

The other two sessions were reserved for quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back prospects who were also timed in the 40 and put through individual drills with their sessions finishing with one-one-one drills between the wide receivers and defensive backs.

FSU’s staff worked jointly with dozens of college coaches from around the country in providing instruction to the campers. Indiana head coach Tom Allen and Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck were in attendance. There were also a number of offensive and defensive coordinators as well as position coaches from other programs involved with camp. That list included Indiana offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan, Kansas State offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham, Coastal Carolina defensive coordinator Chad Staggs and Maryland Associate Head Coach Ron Zook. Other programs that had coaches in attendance were Penn State, Arizona State, Charlotte, Georgia Southern, FAU, FAMU, Kennesaw State, North Dakota State, Troy, USF and Washington State, among others.

A host of current FSU players also worked the camp, including quarterbacks McKenzie Milton and Jordan Travis. Linebackers Amari Gainer and Emmett Rice, tight end Wyatt Rector, wide receiver Keyshawn Helton and offensive lineman Dontae Lucas were also helping to provide instruction.

There were also a number of former FSU football players who are now either coaching in high school or training high school players in the off-season observing today’s workouts. That list included Todd Fordham, whose youngest son participated in the camp, Shannon Baker, James Coleman, Lamont Green and Kyler Hall.

The Osceola spoke with current FSU commits Sam McCall (2022 ATH), Gabe Harris (2023 DE), Lamont Green Jr. (2023 DE) as well as several other prospects and will have updates on their recruitment and camp experience later in the week.

Emmett Rice ran linebackers through drills on Sunday at FSU’s mega camp. (photo by Bob Ferrante)
FSU analyst Randy Shannon speaks with Penn State assistant Ja’Juan Seider, who played at Florida A&M. (photo by Bob Ferrante)
Rick Trickett (center) returned to campus on Sunday. He is now an assistant at Glenville State in West Virginia. (photo by Bob Ferrante)