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FSU Jimbo Fisher Camp Recap: Offense

Breaking down the Jimbo Fisher Camp on the offensive side of the ball.



Only one quarterback came to camp with a Florida State offer, but four left with one. Florida State's 2017 commit Bailey Hockman had an outstanding camp day during the Wednesday morning session. He showed really good arm strength, and a consistent release. He also showed off more athleticism than I expected out of him.


Belle Glade quarterback James Blackman is the only 2017 quarterback to pick up an offer from the camp. He worked out during the Thursday morning session, and turned in a performance that the staff couldn't ignore. He has excellent size at 6-foot-5, but is extremely thin. He also holds offers from Miami, Louisville, and West Virginia.


Two 2019 quarterbacks left the camp with offers. Grant Gunnell showed off great arm strength and athleticism to go along with his 6-foot-5, 190-pound frame. He worked out during the Tuesday session, and was offered right after. Playing in a pro-style offense is a big deal to him, and none of the major in-state Texas schools currently run that type of offense.


Bo Nix was the other 2019 quarterback to pick up an offer. He competed against Hockman and a couple other 2018 quarterbacks during the morning Wednesday session, had a very good day. He was offered right after the session ended. He doesn't have the ridiculous size that Gunnell does already, but stands at 6-foot-2, 190-pounds.

Running Back


There was really only one running back at the camp that deserved a Florida State offer. That one was 2018 Florida State commit Charles Strong. Strong was very impressive during drills and one on ones. He moves a lot better than I expected his 6-foot-1.5, 226-pound body to be able to. For those that think he can't play running back at Florida State, think again. He boasts a great combination of power and explosion, and is also very good at catching the ball out of the backfield. He also worked out for all four sessions despite already having the offer and not needing to work out at all.

Wide Receiver


There wasn't a single 2017 wide receiver at the camp that was worthy of a Florida State offer. The 2018 class had quite a few. Scout 100 wide receiver Warren Thompson came in for the Thursday morning session, and earned an offer. He moved Florida State into his Top-5, but Miami still leads. Mom is a Florida State fan, and there's a long way to signing day. He is from Armwood and is aware of the stigma they have toward Florida State. He could be the first big time player out of there to commit to Florida State in a very long time.


Kevin Austin had a very good day on Tuesday, and had the coaches talking. He did not get offered, but could pick one up shortly once the coaching staff watches the film from the camp. He has very good size at 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, and was very smooth in his routes.


Scout 100 athlete Derion Kendrick worked at wide receiver, but could be a running back or even a safety at the next level. He did pick up an offer after working out during the Thursday session. He showed very nice burst while also being extremely smooth. Dropped a couple balls he should have had, but overall turned in a really nice performance. Florida State was an offer he was looking for, and the Seminoles are in good shape here.


Gerald Jackson is a player that could pick up an offer down the road. Jackson is very raw and still growing into his body, but the potential is there. He needs to work on catching the ball away from his body, and not catching it against his chest. He would have been offered on the spot if he tested well, but that doesn't appear to be the case. His size at 6-foot-5, 190-pounds is something the staff can't teach, and he is someone to keep in mind as we move toward 2018. 


Cam Taylor turned some heads during the camp, and could pick up an offer once the coaches evaluate the film. He worked out during the Wednesday morning session. Taylor already holds offers from Michigan and Duke. 

Tight End


Not only was 2018 Scout 300 tight end Jeremy Ruckert the star of the tight end position, he was also one of the top players overall. He has very good size at 6-foot-5, 220-pounds, and is a polished receiver. He came to camp with an offer already under his belt, and made tight ends coach Tim Brewster look smart for extending it. He needs to work on his blocking, but will likely be a top target for the Seminoles in next years class. Ruckert visited a ton of schools this summer, but Florida State and coach Brewster seem to have made an impact on him. It should also be noted that four of the last five tight ends Florida State has landed have been from the North East. 


2019 FSU commit Mike Morris Jr. worked out at tight end while switching to defensive end during parts of the camp, and the only thing certain about his future position is that it will not be tight end. Morris Jr. could end up on the offensive side of the ball, but it would likely be as an offensive tackle. He's already 6-foot-5, 240-pounds.

Offensive Line


2018 Scout 300 offensive guard Deontrey Hill was the most dominant offensive lineman at the camp. He won every rep but one that I saw, and did so with authority on most occasions. The one rep he didn't win he didn't listen to offensive line coach Rick Trickett, and Trickett jumped on his tail. Hill's father was standing right there, and after Trickett was finished thanked Trickett for taking that approach with his son. Florida State offered right after the Thursday camp session ended. Hill has plenty of offers and seems to be pretty wide open at this point.


2018 offensive tackle John Campbell had a pretty good day. He holds a UCF offer at this point. Florida State will monitor him this season to see how he progresses, and will evaluate him again during camp next year.

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