Wayne McGahee III

Jimbo Fisher Camp Insider Recap: Defense

Breaking down the Jimbo Fisher Camp from the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive End


Owen Carney was the best defensive end at the camp, and earned an offer after working out during the Wednesday afternoon session. Florida State made a big impression on him, but is currently second behind Illinois for his services according to Carney. If Florida State pushes for him it won't take long for the Seminoles to take over the top spot. He was clearly ecstatic about picking up the Florida State offer, and knows quite a few players on the Florida State roster. 

An interesting note is that a number of defensive end targets have said that Florida State is looking to take 3-4 rush linebackers or defensive ends this year.


Thomas came to camp and turned in a decent performance, but he just doesn't have the size to play defensive end at Florida State. He's not high on the priority list, and hasn't been hearing from the Seminoles very much.


Jones visited Florida State and had a good, but not great workout. He's committed to Ole Miss, and I don't see that changing. Florida State may offer down the line, but I would be surprised if the staff went all in on him.

Defensive Tackle


Farrell had a very good day during the morning session of the Wednesday camp. He earned an offer despite going up against a poor offensive line unit. Florida State likes him, but with two 4-star defensive tackles already committed and 5-star Marvin Wilson as a target the Seminoles will be in wait and see mode for him. 



Warner was easily the best linebacker to work out at camp. He has great size, and moves very well. He did a really good job in coverage during one on ones. Florida State views him as a guy that can play both inside and out. Georgia and Georgia Tech are the two that most people assume are at the top for Warner, but Florida State made a move into that group with the visit. He really liked linebackers coach Bill Miller, and they made it clear that he was a top priority for them. He's now visited twice in the last two months, and said he plans to take an official to Florida State.


Grant did not work out during camp, but did make an appearance for a few hours. He spent a lot of time with Jimbo Fisher on the golf cart before taking a tour and heading back home. He lives in Cairo so he can visit pretty much any time, and I would expect him to make a few games this year. Florida State vies him similar to how they view Warner. A Linebacker that can play inside and out.


Reeves is an interesting prospect. He's undersized for a linebacker, but he flies around to the football. He did not have a great day at camp, but he came to work out after working out at Cincinnati and driving all night to get to Florida State and was exhausted. He moves very well, and is always around the ball on film. Florida State did not offer, but he could pick one up at a later date.


Gainer chose not to work out during this camp after picking up an offer during the June camp. Florida State is the clear leader for him, but his family wants him to take visits just to make sure that he makes the right decision.

Defensive Back


Samuels III worked out during position drills, and looked great doing it. He recently visited Alabama, but his father showed up wearing a shirt that said "Like father, Like Son" with the FSU logo on the chest of both images. This one is as locked down as it gets.


Fagan worked out during the Tuesday session, and then did position drills with Samuels III on Wednesday. The two seemed very comfortable with each other, and were getting a lot of instruction from Samuels Jr. 


Nasirildeen took his second visit to Florida State this year and worked out during the Thursday session of camp. He was extremely impressive during drills, and although the camp setting isn't a fit for his skill he still had two interceptions during the 7-on-7 portion. Florida State is currently behind Alabama for him, but they're working hard to change that. Jay Graham is from the same home town as Nasirildeen, and the two have a great relationship. In the end that relationship could make the difference. He plans to get back to Florida State for an official visit.


2018 DB: Joseph came to Florida State and actually worked out this camp. He showed up to the June camp, and goofed off which had the Florida State coaching staff on his tail. He turned that around during this camp, and earned an offer. He is currently committed to LSU, but was very excited about picking up the Florida State offer. His recruitment will be one to watch going forward.


2018 DB: Dunmore is a very interesting prospect. He is cousins with Timmy Jernigan and Trey Marshall, and has good size and athleticism. He missed all of last season at Godby due to a disciplinary issue. He did well at camp, and played opposite of Nasirildeen during the 7-on-7 portion during the Thursday session. Florida State will need to do some more evaluating of him this season, but he is a player to watch.


2019 DB: Griffin came to Florida State and had a very good camp. He has good size, and showed above average athleticism. Florida State has not offered yet, but when they do a commitment will be about five seconds behind. He loves Florida State, and that's where his father wants him to be.


2019 DB: Gant came in to camp with an offer already under his belt. He did not work out, but spent time with coach Kelly and Jimbo Fisher. Florida State feels pretty good about where they sit with Gant.


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