Recruiting: Campers with famous fathers, FSU ties visit on busy Friday

Friday was another busy day for FSU head coach Mike Norvell and his staff. FSU held three camps — two on Friday morning and another in the afternoon. Norvell also played host to several big-name recruits who were on campus for unofficial visits, including two who have famous football fathers.

FSU’s Kicking Camp started off the staff’s frantic Friday with approximately 150 punters, place-kickers and long snappers working out on the practice fields in the morning and again in the afternoon.

While the specialists took a break Norvell and staff worked out approximately 100 high school quarterbacks in Norvell’s QB-only camp. It was more like a quarterback school with campers working out for an hour and half to start the day, which was then followed by lunch and time in FSU’s meeting rooms before returning to the field to finish the day.

And like has been the case with almost every camp Norvell has hosted this month the staff was able to identify and offer several prospects coming out of the camp. Class of 2024 quarterback Luke Kromenhoek, who is 6-foot-2 and 181 pounds, from Savannah (Ga.) Benedictine High School earned his first FBS offer after his performance yesterday.

Former FSU running back Dexter Carter was in attendance to watch his son Devin, a rising eighth-grader, participate in the QB camp. Another quarterback with FSU ties also participated in the camp. Class of 2023 quarterback Michael Grant from Tallahassee (Fla.) Maclay School worked out for Norvell and offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham. Michael is the grandson of Don Grant, who was FSU’s first starting quarterback and the first touchdown pass in program history against Stetson in 1947.

The staff also hosted an individual skills camp for high school prospects on the FSU intramural fields on Friday afternoon. Class of 2022 tight end prospect Mason Taylor, 6-4 and 230 pounds, from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas High School, was on campus for an unofficial visit and to participate in the afternoon camp. Taylor took a tour of camp with his father, former NFL defensive end Jason Taylor, prior to the camp. The younger Taylor hasn’t been offered by FSU yet but he is one prospect the FSU staff will continue to evaluate. He is ranked as the 17th-best TE in the class of 2022 and holds offers from a group of schools that includes Arizona, Auburn, FIU, Illinois, Indiana, Memphis, Miami and Pitt.

Another prospect who participated in the afternoon individual skills camp also earned an FSU offer. Class of 2025 wide receiver Winston Watkins Jr., 5-9 and 160 pounds, from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy was offered by Norvell after his camp performance. Watkins, who is the cousin of NFL wide receiver Sammy Watkins, also has an offer from Texas A&M.

One of FSU’s biggest defensive end targets for the class of 2022 was also on campus for an unofficial visit. Marvin Jones Jr., the son of former FSU and NFL linebacker Marvin Jones, met with Norvell and the defensive staff and took in a tour of the facilities. Jones has set his official visit date with FSU for the weekend of the Miami game on Nov. 13.

FSU will hold another individual skills camp on Sunday afternoon and then its final Youth Camp of the summer on Monday night on the intramural fields across the street from Doak Campbell Stadium. Registration for the Youth Camp begins at 5:30 p.m. on Monday with the camp running from 6:30-8 p.m.