Miami (Fla.) Miami Central 3-star defensive end Owen Carney camped at Florida State on Wednesday, and was one of the top defensive linemen at the camp. Carney already holds offers from over 20 schools, including Georgia, Miami, and Louisville.
Florida State defensive ends coach Brad Lawing made a big impact on the Miami prospect.
"It was good," Carney said. "I got after it. I felt a lot of love from the coaches, and a lot of attention to detail from coach Lawing. Some new things. I wanted to try some new things in the recruiting process. I could see myself being here for the next four years."
Florida State had some drills that Carney had never done before, but his ability to adapt quickly impressed coach Lawing.
"He told me that I did a good job even though it was my first day doing some of the drills and techniques," Carney said. "It was just a matter of adapting and I just got used to it as the camp went along."
Carney doesn't have a Florida State offer yet, but has a meeting with head coach Jimbo Fisher and coach Lawing later Wednesday evening. He feels that he did enough to earn an offer.
"I believe I did in my eyes and my heart, but it's not up to me," Carney said. "It's up to the Seminoles coaching staff."
An offer from Florida State would mean quite a bit to the defensive end.
"It would mean a lot," Carney said. "I would say they would jump up into my Top-5."
Right now Illinois and Duke are standing out to him in his recruitment. Duke was his first offer, and the Illini have been recruiting him the hardest. If the Florida State offer did come he would consider jumping on it quickly.
"I don't know," Carney said. "I would have to see how that conversation goes. They said they're taking three to four defensive ends this year. It opened my eyes up seeing their need for the position. I've got to see how the playing time goes and my comfortability. Plus this is my first time in Tallahassee ever in my life so I need a tour."
Carney was able to see some of the campus before camp started, and was impressed with what he saw.
"It's a great facility," Carney said. "Great weather. It's something like Miami, Tallahassee. But you know it wouldn't be too much of an adjustment.
He measured in at 6-foot-3, 236-pounds during the camp. During the testing portion he ran a 4.9 40-yard dash and posted a 8-foot-8.5 broad jump.