Wednesday was the hottest day of the year so far in Tallahassee, with temperatures reaching into the mid-90s, and the heat index climbing into the triple digits. But that didn't stop the Jimbo Fisher football camp.
Defensive line was the position du jour, with many BCS prospects on hand. Florida State assistant coach Sal Sunseri was extremely animated and excited. He worked the players hard, and demanded perfection from the opening whistle. He was accompanied by Seminole freshman defensive end DeMarcus Walker. Walker is in great shape after being cleared by the NCAA on May 17. His feet looked very good as he demonstrated technique in several drills.
Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic's Shane Simmons was very impressive for a 2016 prospect. At 6'4 and 225 pounds, he had excellent quickness, coordination and length. He'll have every offer he wants if he continues to work hard.
Thomas Holley, of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln, visited but did not participate. Head coach Jimbo Fisher made sure to spend time with him, as will every major coach nationally. Holley hung out some with Tim Jernigan, Florida State's star defensive tackle who could jump to the NFL with a strong junior year.
Defensive end Blake McClain, a Florida State commitment, showed up in good shape at about 6'4 and 270 pounds. I spoke with the Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood product, who battled what appeared to be issues with the heat for some of the camp. He was very excited to work with Sunseri for the first time. Look for the interview soon.
Kengera Daniel, of Raleigh (NC) Millbrook High School, was very long and impressive. The 6'5, 225-pound prospect is someone on whom I'll be keeping an eye. He will have many offers in short order.
6'4, 273-pound Breeland Speaks, of Jackson (Miss.) Callaway High School, was quite impressive. He has the versatility to play end and tackle, and is very athletic. On Tuesday, he worked with the defensive tackles. Read Dustin Tackett's interview with Speaks, who holds five other SEC offers.
The quarterback position was sparse, with only one performer of note in Chattanooga (Tn.) Baylor School's Nick Tiano, a 2015 prospect. I spoke with Tiano's dad, who mentioned that he split time with Michael O'Connor, before O'Connor moved to Bradenton (Fla.). O'Connor recently committed to Penn State. Tiano did not come away with an offer, but is a name to keep an eye on. Tiano is 6'4 and 200 pounds, and I won't rule out the possibility of BCS offers coming if he improves.
At running back, Trevon Walters of Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee was quite good. Walters is 5'10, 192, and in truth was the only back there with potential to earn upper-level BCS offers. Walters has offers from the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Missouri TIgers and USF Bulls. He could earn an offer from Florida State with a strong senior season.
I didn't notice any star receivers at the event. Two names to keep an eye on, though, are Tyree Brady, of Homestead (Fla.) South Dade High School, and Maaseiah Francis, of Norcross (Ga.) High School. Brady claims offers from Alabama, Florida, Miami and Florida State. Francis sustained knee and shoulder injuries on the last rep of the camp, but was in good spirits after, and those at the camp are hopeful that it is not a serious injury. Francis holds an offer from several smaller D1 schools.
Of note was Myles Autry, of Norcross, who made the trip to Tallahassee with his mother. Autry said that his recovery from a leg injury is going great, and he should be fully cleared by August. There is strong mutual interest between Autry and Florida State, who has linebacker coach Charles Kelly on his trail. Autry has seen Florida State at least three times, but this was his mother's first trip to Tallahassee. Coach Jimbo Fisher spent considerable time with the family. A commitment before Autry leaves town would not be a surprise.
Tight end Chris Herndon, of Norcross (Ga.), was the best of the group. He recently earned a Miami Hurricanes offer, and stood out at 6'4 and 230 pounds. Herndon also holds an offer from the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
At offensive line, the most promising prospect was probably Harrison Moon, of Signal Mountain (Tenn.) High School. A 2015 prospect, Moon is in his first year playing offensive line, and was formerly a tight end. He claims an offer from the Vanderbilt Commodores. I spoke with Moon's mother, who was initially unsure if all the attention and coaching being paid to her son was a good thing -- it was, as coaches tend to spend a lot of time with prospects in which they have future interest. Moon needs to add about 30-40 pounds to his 6'5, 235-pound frame before he gets to college, and has about 24 months to do so.
The pickings were slim at linebacker and defensive back on Day 1. Linebacker Joel Dublanko, a 2016 prospect from Aberdeen (Wa.) High School, was very impressive for his age at 6'2 and 215 pounds. He already holds an offer from the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Cornerback Chris Jones, of Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood had a nice day, earning a lot of praise from the coaching staff. His height (5'9.5 or 5'10) may keep him from earning the top BCS offers, but he does claim early offers from the Purdue Boilermakers and the USF Bulls.
More prospects are expected to attend the morning and afternoon sessions held Thursday.