FSU’s youth camps spark excitement in South Florida

The Florida State coaching staff entertained more than 250 youth at a free football camp in Fort Lauderdale on Friday night.

It was the second stop in South Florida as Mike Norvell, the 10 assistant coaches and support staff worked out elementary and middle school students (grades second through eighth) for a few hours. Assistants each focused on their position, with players spending about 5-10 minutes with each coach before rotating to the next station.

The events are a good way for Norvell and the staff to connect with parents and kids as well as alumni during what is an NCAA-mandated quiet time in recruiting. Due to the NCAA recruiting dead period, which will end on May 31, coaches are not able to work out any high school prospects or meet with high school coaches during these camps. High school prospects are able to attend the events and watch.

Norvell and the staff are holding two camps in Miami on Saturday. In the coming weeks, the staff will hold camps in Jacksonville, the Space Coast, Orlando, Kissimmee, Fort Myers-Naples, Tampa, Lakeland and Pensacola in May. There will be a Tallahassee camp in June. To register, click here.

The recruiting dead period will open up on June 1 and FSU will be able to hold summer camps. The first: Norvell will host a “mega camp” with more than 50 college programs from FBS and FCS levels on June 6 in Tallahassee. For more information, click here.

Osceola editor Bob Ferrante contributed

(photo by Charles Fishbein)