Jimbo Fisher Football Camp Preview: Top Recruits Visiting Tallahassee

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The Jimbo Fisher Football Camp will bring nearly 100 top recruits to Tallahassee Wednesday through Friday. Florida State's coaches will instruct, teach, and of course, evaluate top recruits. Here's a look at the top players Tomahawk Nation analysts will be focusing on at each position.

Bud Elliott of SB Nation and Scott Crumbly of Tomahawk Nation will be on hand to report on the happenings of the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp.


The 'Noles are unlikely to take a QB in the class of 2013, but two top underclassmen will he closely evaluated by Florida State.

  • D.J. Gillins, 2014, Jacksonville Eagles View Academy: Gillins has an impressive highlight tape and holds early offers from North Carolina and Texas Tech. If he shows well, Florida State could decide to extend an offer to the 6'3, 185-pound junior.
  • DeAndre Johnson, 2015, Jacksonville First Coast: Casual high school fans will remember his high school team being destroyed in the state final, but Johnson was a very impressive QB during his sophomore season. Another dual-threat passer, Johnson has a good arm and already claims offers from North Carolina, Clemson and Florida State. At just 6'0 and 165 pounds, it's important to remember that growth and projections are a big part of recruiting evaluations.

Running Back

With uncertainty in the underclassmen ranks and only one running back committed (Ryan Green), Florida State is looking to take another running back in this class.

  • Alex Collins, 2013, South Plantation High: Collins is a Miami commitment who has seen his stock explode since the release of his highlight tape and the addition of 15 pounds of muscle since the start of his junior year. Wisconsin is also a major player in his recruitment. At 5'11 and 210 pounds, Collins may remind Jimbo Fisher of one of his old LSU backs, Joseph Addai.
  • Leonard Fournette, 2014, New Orleans St. Augustine High: The Louisiana prospect is the best junior running back in the country at this early juncture. Noles247 lists him as a likely attendee, but I have been unable to independently confirm with Fournette.


Florida State already holds commitments from three top receivers in the class of 2013. FSU will likely take one more in the current class, and will heavily evaluate the class of 2014 as well.

  • Stacy Coley, 2013, Ft. Lauderdale Northeast High: Coley is arguably the top receiver in the state, holding offers from Florida State, Florida, Alabama, Clemson, etc. He is believed to have FSU high on his list, but doesn't say much during interviews. Coley stands 6'1, weighs 175 pounds and is an exceptional leaper.
  • Alvin Bailey, 2013, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood High: Depending on who you believe, FSU may or may not have room for Bailey in the class. Michigan and close-to-home UCF are also heavily involved with Bailey.
  • Jacob McCrary, 2014, Miami (Fla.) Coral Reef High: McCrary has good speed and excellent body control. He stands 6'0 and checks in at 175 pounds, which is solid size for a junior. Tomahawk Nation spoke with McCrary after the June session of the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp. McCrary is one of the top receivers in the country for the class of 2014. Florida State, Florida and Clemson have offered.
  • Ermon Lane, 2014, Homestead (Fla.) High: Lane is in the very early conversation to he the top receiver in Florida for the class of 2014. At 6'2 and 190 pounds, he has tremendous deep ball skills and should improve the other aspects of his game as well. He already holds offers from Florida, Florida State and Alabama.
  • Moral Stephens, 2014, Perry (Fla.) Taylor County High: Stephens is one of the better receivers in the state for the class of 2014. He has excellent size at 6'4 and 200 pounds, and holds offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Penn State, among others. Perry is very close to Tallahassee and a commitment to FSU would not be a surprise.
  • Artavis Scott, 2014, Tampa East Lake High: Scott is exceptionally quick and strong. He has great body control and decent long speed and was one of the best players regardless of class at the recent IMG Madden Football 7-on-7 National Championship.

Offensive Line

Florida State already holds four commitments on the offensive line for the class of 2013. An additional tackle is important, however, and the 'Noles will be evaluating the position carefully.

  • Denver Kirkland, 2013, Miami Booker T. Washington High: Kirkland is a huge tackle at 6'5 and 335 pounds. He is thought to be a lean to the hometown Hurricanes, but FSU commitment Ira Denson was working on him constantly at Nike's The Opening. FSU's coaches will evaluate whether they think Kirkland can play tackle in their system. Kirkland has some bad weight to shed.
  • Shamar Johnson, 2013, Pensacola Pine Forest High: Johnson is a Louisville commitment and an intriguing recruit. He has the length (6'6) to play the position, but is a developmental recruit. It would be surprising to see an offer from Florida State unless Johnson blows away FSU's coaches this week.
  • Austin Droogsma, 2013, Gulf Breeze (Fla.) High: It is thought that FSU still has room for Droogsma, but that is not a certainty. Droogsma is strictly a guard, and is high on Clemson, Florida State and Mississippi State.
  • Mason Cole, 2014, Tampa East Lake High: Cole stands 6'4 and checks in at 260 pounds. He holds early offers from Clemson, Florida, FSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Stanford and USC. That's an incredible offer list for a junior lineman. Cole is very athletic for his size.

Defensive Line

Florida State is looking to bring in four or five defensive linemen in the class of 2013. They currently have one commitment at the position, and it can best be defined as shaky.

  • Demarcus Christmas, 2014, Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee: Christmas is a beast of a defensive tackle and may be the best defensive tackle in Florida this year, regardless of class. At 6'4 and 290 pounds, he moves extremely well and helped Manatee to a state title last season. Christmas holds more than 10 early BCS offers, including Florida and Florida State.
  • Za'Darius Smith, JUCO, Scooba (Miss.) Greenville CC: Smith is a defensive end highly coveted by Mississippi State and Florida State. He really wanted to attend Auburn, but their class no longer has the room or a need for a JUCO defensive end. Smith is 6'6 and 250 pounds and FSU would accept his commitment, I believe.
  • Others: FSU will evaluate and visit with Davin Bellamy of Georgia, Jordan Sherit of Tampa and Eric Mayes of Sarasota.


There is one name at the linebacker position: Matthew Thomas. Florida State already has four commitments at the position and is saving a spot for the Miami Booker T. Washington High prospect. Thomas is one of the best recruits in the country, regardless of position, and holds offers from all of the big schools.

Defensive Back

Florida State currently has four defensive back recruits, though it is thought that not all four will stick. The 'Noles are looking to take between four and six.

  • Marcell Harris, 2013, Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips High: Harris is a Florida legacy and has UF, Texas and FSU as his top three. He is a very large safety, but does make plays when asked to cover a limited area. He is one of the better safeties in the state.
  • Quincy Wilson, 2014, Ft. Lauderdale University School: Wilson is the son of former Miami Hurricane defensive back Chad Wilson. He is rangy with good technique, and claims offers from Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida, LSU, Michigan State, Ohio State and West Virginia. I expect Florida State will offer if he performs well at the camp.

This is not intended to be a complete list of attendees, but rather, a look at some of the top players in attendance. For a complete list, visit Noles247.

For more on FSU football, visit Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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