Powder Springs (Ga.) 4-star quarterback Bailey Hockman is the only quarterback Florida State has offered in the 2017 class. He took his second visit to Tallahassee on Wednesday, and his first since decommitting from Georgia.
Hockman enjoyed the visit, and getting to talk to Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher.
“It was great,” Hockman said. “ I had a good time. Got to see a lot of stuff. Got to talk to coach Fisher a little bit so it was good.”
Hockman hadn't visited Florida State since the summer of 2014, and a lot of things have changed since then.
“Most of the stuff was done,” Hockman said. “When I was here they were mostly redoing everything. The Champions Hall is what they call the dorms, or apartments, it looks a little different."
The new Champions Hall really stood out to the talented quarterback.
“Just the living accommodations,” Hockman said. “ It’s just great. Magnificent. Obviously the business schools and all that kind of stuff. The school and whole area is really nice."
He was able to spend a lot of time with quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders in addition to spending some time with coach Fisher.
“Coach Sanders, I picked his brain a little bit,” Hockman said. “Kind of just hung out with coach Fisher. Talked a little bit. Didn’t really get to talk to him about ball too much. Coach Sanders, I tried to pick his brain a bit.”
The offensive system that Florida State runs fits in with the style of offense that Hockman wants to play in.
“Just a pro-style offense,” Hockman said. “Obviously I’m a pro-style quarterback so I fit into that category. They just told me that I’m the best at it and they want me down here.”
The Florida State coaches made sure to point out that he is the only 2017 quarterback that they have offered at this point.
“They did bring it up,” Hockman said. “They said I was the only quarterback they’ve offered, and just knowing that you’re the only quarterback they’ve offered in 2017, that’s a big deal. Makes you feel pretty good about yourself.
Coach Fisher has had a very good run of putting quarterbacks in the NFL, and that is something that Hockman has noticed.
“It just fills your resume as a quarterback,” Hockman said. “You know I got coached by Jimbo Fisher and Randy Sanders, which is two big-time coaches. … Just fills your resume for the NFL to try to get that shot.”
Florida State is the third visit Hockman has taken recently, and he plans to take one more to Tennessee on March 25th. Those four teams currently make up his initial Top-4.
“They are in a way,” Hockman said. “That’s just kind of where I’m starting. If there are two of them I like a lot then I’ll just narrow it down then. But if I don’t feel good about one of these places then I’ll probably go to Ohio State. Visit a couple of other schools a little further away."
After this visit the Seminoles have solidified themselves as one of his favorites.
“I really liked it down here. I liked it a lot,” Hockman said. “This is probably one of my favorites. I will probably try to get back down here."
There are a number of reasons for that, but the overriding one is that he just feels at home at Florida State.
“Just the system. The situation that I could walk into,” Hockman added. “Just everything about it. It just feels like home.”
Hockman plans to return to Florida State during the spring. He wants to get a decision out of the way before his senior season starts.
“If it is the right time at the right place, then yeah,” Hockman said. “Probably before the season I would like to know at least where I would want to go, but if not then we will see how this season goes and everything.”
The 6-foot-2.5, 196-pound Hockman is rated as the No. 19 quarterback and No. 225 player overall in the 2017 Scout 300.