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Seminoles looking good for Mims

Five-star offensive tackle Amarius Mims completed his visit at Florida Stat and, while he has not committed publicly yet, he left the Seminole coaching staff feeling very hopeful the Georgia transfer will complete his collegiate career in Tallahassee.

It is important for readers to understand a transfer portal player commitment is not binding until he enrolls in class and the first opportunity to sign a binding agreement with the school. Florida State’s summer session begins May 9. Georgia’s final exams for the spring semester run May 9-11, so Seminole fans and coaches will have to hold their breath until Mims completes his spring semester at Georgia and is enrolled at Florida State.

Little by little the groundwork is being laid by head coach Mike Norvell.

The third-year head coach has landed some big fish in his short time at FSU. This past signing period, the Seminoles signed Sam McCall, Azareye’h Thomas and Julian Armella, who are all among the top 20 prospects from the state of Florida in the 2022 class.

Even though Florida State landed those three four- and five-star players, Seminole fans and coaching staff had to come away feeling empty as they lost Travis Hunter, who was the No. 1 player in the country according to the 247 Sports Composite. Not only did they lose Hunter they had some other top targets choose elsewhere. 

How do you make fans and followers of the program forget all of that? You go into the transfer portal and land Amarius Mims. 

At 6-foot-7, 330 pounds, Mims has all the physical talents to be an elite left tackle at the DI level. When he originally committed to Georgia in 2021, the No. 2 school that day was Florida State. 

In recruiting they say it is never a good thing to finish second for a prospect on National Signing Day. This is one time that saying may not be true. While FSU did not land Mims the bond had already been formed. Coach Alex Atkins built a strong relationship with Mims and that was not forgotten by those that count most and that is Mims mother, who made the official visit to Tallahassee. 

Atkins is quickly becoming one of the top recruiters at the Power 5 level and this pull is why the University of Georgia came after Atkins as an assistant recently, forcing Norvell and the FSU administration, who had already elevated the offensive line coach to offensive coordinator, to revisit his compensation to keep him in Tallahassee. 

Why is Mims so important? 

He is important because he fills the biggest need on the Seminoles’ roster at the tackle position. 

Why we like Mims

When we first watched Mims highlights in high school the first thing that stood out was his athletic ability. Anytime you find a 6’6-6’7 tackle prospect that can bend as well as Mims can, there will be plenty of suitors for that kid’s signature. He is very athletic. He can handle both speed and power rushers off the edge. He can move laterally and is athletic enough to change direction. He can get low so as to not get outleveraged by a defensive end. He has the size and length to match up against other top-flight defensive ends. He uses his hands well. He is very good as a run blocker as well. You will see him fire off the ball and get into a linebacker or defensive back. 

What Mims needs to work on

Not much. FSU does not have a tackle on their roster that gives them what Mims brings to the table. They have two projects in Rod Orr and Lloyd Willis who can both become very good down the road but Mims is an instant starter. There are rumors that Mims is a little immature and needs to learn how to work harder. What we do know is that Georgia was not happy to see the kid go. Now with all linemen coming from high school there will be a learning curve. Mims is not a finished product. He will need to get into FSU’s strength program and get bigger and stronger.

Final Thoughts

In the history of these rankings, the Seminoles have signed only a handful of elite tackle prospects. You have guys like Alex Barron (South Carolina), Walter Jones, a Juco All-American before starting at FSU for one season and becoming a Pro Football Hall of Famer. Brett Williams (Kissimmee, FL), Matt Hardrick (Orlando) and Roderick Johnson out of Hazelwood Central in Missouri and Greg Frey (Clearwater), who was considered the top lineman in the country by Max Emfinger and Super Prep.

Mims was ranked higher than any of them coming out of high school. He was rated the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2021 247Sports Composite, the No. 1 player in Georgia and the No. 3 tackle nationally. Only JC Latham and Tommy Brockermeyer, who both chose Alabama, were rated higher. Mims will be the highest rated offensive tackle the Seminoles have ever signed.

While Mims would be an impact player in 2022, think about what the offensive line could be in 2023 with Mims and Armella leading the way. The Seminoles could finally have turned the corner and have one of the best offensive lines in the Atlantic Coast Conference, sweet music to Seminoles fans’ ears. 

Summer session and Mims can’t get here soon enough.