The quarterback group was weak on Day 1, but was considerably better on Day 2 of Florida State's Jimbo Fisher camp.
The morning session was full of strong underclassmen.
Dwayne Lawson out of Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough looked very good. He is a 6'5, 205-pound athletic QB with a big arm, and is a member of the class of 2015. He holds an offer from the Mississippi State Bulldogs and South Florida Bulls. Dustin Tackett, of Tomahawk Nation, spoke with Lawson and relayed the following:
I haven't seen Dwayne Lawson throw a bad pass all day.
I Talked to him for a few minutes. He seems pretty motivated to get an offer from Florida. Says he has already visited them and plans to head back once he leaves Tallahassee. Maybe an Auburn visit as well, but kept going back to "working on that Florida offer."
Lawson is certainly a name to remember as he enters his junior season.
Xavier Gaines is a well known prospect out of Frostproof (Fla.) High School despite being a member of the class of 2016. He holds offers from Florida State, Florida, Clemson, Ohio State and Auburn. Gaines really likes FSU, though that means little given that the 6'2, 190-pound player is just entering his sophomore season.
I spoke with Gaines after, and he really enjoyed himself. Florida State is his top school, he said. When he was asked why, the Frostroof product said "production," referencing Jimbo Fisher's history of producing three first-round quarterbacks in the last decade.
Nick Tiano impressed as he did yesterday.
In the afternoon session, J.J. Cosentino, Florida State's QB commitment absolutely killed it. The 6'4, 218-pound quarterback displayed a true college-ready arm, good footwork and accuracy. Cosentino looked like the real deal, and looked better than he did in Columbus two weeks ago -- an impressive Columbus performance that was even better than his film.
I've spoken with Cosentino and his dad, Mark, several times now. He seems like a really good kid, the product of a good family (and a football family, at that, as Mark is a former coach), and the type of player you want leading your football team aside from the obvious physical talents.
2015 QB commitment De'Andre Johnson, of Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast also threw the ball well. Johnson has a bit of a hitch in his delivery, and is 6'1, but has tools to work with.
Friend and colleague Corey Dowlar, of ESPN, tweeted that "we might be watching Florida State's next three quarterback signees." That seems very possible with Cosentino, Johnson and Gaines, though saying it is probable is a stretch given the uncertainty in recruiting.