May 1, 2012

Rivals/VTO Notebook: New faces on FSU's radar

Shelton talks with FSU, firms up commitment

Florida State CB commitment Sojourn Shelton was one of FSU's first commitments for the 2013 class. He wasn't able to make it to the Seminoles' spring game last month, but does plan to make a return trip to Tallahassee in June.


"I'm going to over there in mid-June for one of the summer camp sessions. It's going to be a lot of fun because my Mom and Dad will be there so we can see a lot more this time," said Shelton. "I plan on enrolling early. It's something I discussed with the FSU coaches, along with Coach Stoops. I'm looking forward to seeing them again. I feel very good after talking with the staff about where everything stands."


What did Shelton think about FSU's newest five-star commitment, E.J. Levenberry, who will be joining him in the 2013 recruiting class?


"I was like wow. That was a really big one for us," Shelton said. "I just kept saying to myself, those are the type of players we have to get for this defense and team overall to get FSU back to playing for National Championships."


Sunday's Rivals/VTO camp was also a big day for Shelton. There was plenty of competition, which included a strong group of defensive backs like Marcell Harris, Leon McQuay and Rashard Robinson.



"My mentality is 'destroy'. That's the way I always look at it when competing. I want to learn from what I didn't do the first time or at the other camp," Shelton said. "It's a great experience to go against the top talent in Florida."



Ivie makes a big splash at the Rivals/VTO camp

One strength you certainly see out of Pasco (Dade City, Fla.) DE Joey Ivie[/db is his constant motor to the football or beating his opponent at the point of attack. That never more evident on Sunday afternoon, during the one-on-one portion of the camp. Ivie showed great quickness and desire to never slow up. Some of the top schools across the nation are starting to take notice. The 6-foot-4, 269 pound prospect holds offers from Miami, Mississippi State, South Florida, Texas Tech, Purdue and Iowa State just to name a few.
"I think most schools like my constant motor more than anything and my quickness off the edge. My recruitment has been heating up with FSU and Florida showing a great deal of interest," he said. "FSU dropped by my school last week and will be back soon."


Ivie also stated that FSU likes him as a defensive tackle or defensive end as a three technique type guy. He was told that Jimbo Fisher would like to speak with him. He does plan to visit FSU soon and participate in their summer camp.


"I actually have a lot of family connections at FSU. My aunt went to Florida State and my cousin is currently there," said Ivie. "I know the type of defense FSU produces every single year is the best in the country. So I'm looking forward to doing more research and seeing more on FSU when I visit there with my family."


Ivie currently holds some big offers, but he is waiting to see what Florida and Florida State do in possibly offering.


"I would say an FSU offer would change things a lot because of that program and defense. That would be a huge offer," said Ivie. "As for what I'm looking in a school, I would have to say one that I fit in. It doesn't matter to me if I play defensive tackle or end because I feel I can do either. That's just up to the colleges in how they want to use me."



Daub likes what he saw at FSU spring game

One of the top overall performers at the Rivals/VTO camp was a 2014 prospect, Nease (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) LB [db]Kain Daub, who was impressive in the position drills with his quick footwork, and speed to cover backs out of the backfield.



Daub already has some impressive early interest from teams across the country.


"I would say Florida and FSU are very active. I get a lot of attention from them," Daub said. "I also have offers from LSU, Ohio State and Miami."


Daub's recently attended FSU's spring game. He was very impressed at the speed of the game, the atmosphere and certainly the FSU defense.


"I really loved my visit to FSU. I got a chance to see all the facilities and everything was very big," he said. "I had a really good meeting with head coach Jimbo Fisher. Coach Fisher just talked about how much wanted to see me back there more and they want to bring in at least two linebackers for 2014. I was was impressed with the defense in the spring game. They all play very mean so I liked that. "


Greg Hudson and Jimbo Fisher aren't the only ones pressing hard for the standout tight end. A 2013 commitment is also making his pitch.


"I talk with Tyrell Lyons from First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.) a lot. I actually just talked with him yesterday as a matter of fact about FSU," Daub said. "He's on me bad talking about how Jacksonville needs to come over to FSU and we just need to do this together as players from that area. He's a great guy so we stay in close contact." Daub plans a return trip to Tallahassee and also expects the FSU to drop by this week.


"Yes sir, I will be attending the summer camp. I just want to be around the coaches to get a feel for them to see how they are and learn more about the linebacker position," he said. "This time I'm hoping to talk more with the players. I'm excited about getting back over there and seeing more about FSU."



Williams showing his FSU love

Hialeah, Fla. LB George Williams wanted to make an impression at the Rivals/VTO camp, but not at the position you would think. He worked out with the receivers to showcase his athletic ability. Not surprisingly, Williams had a good showing with some nice grabs in traffic and a couple of leaping catches in the 7-on-7 portion of the camp.


"I just wanted to come out to compete and make a strong impression with my athletic ability," said the four-star linebacker. "I had a lot of fun and that's what it's about - going against the elite talent.


Williams says he is hearing from Florida State, Auburn, Florida, Nebraska, Southern Mississippi and Ole Miss. But he did show a little favoritism to one school, wearing a FSU hat most of the day.


"Oh yeah, that's my favorite school. I wanted to give them some love with the hat. I actually visited there earlier this spring with Simeon Thomas," explained Williams. "It was a lot of fun getting to meet the coaches and players. I plan on attending the FSU summer camp and just talking more with the coaches again. I know they are also stopping by this week to see me."



2015 RB says FSU visit blew him away
2015 offers don't happen often, so when Timber Creek (Orlando, Fla.) RB Jacquez Patrick landed an FSU offer, he knew that it was unique and special. Fast forward to Sunday Patrick was still feeling the high. He showed up with wearing a FSU hat and socks.


"I wanted to just show some love for FSU. I know I'm going back over to FSU sometime in June, probably for their camp, but I will be back over there for sure," he said. "I loved everything about the FSU visit when I was there and Coach Trickett was the big reason. He developed a great bond with my mom. I just visited Florida that was great a weekend before and didn't think anything could beat that, but the FSU visit did. I loved it."


Patrick plans on working with FSU assistant coach Eddie Gran to get down his technique better and he's looking forward to that opportunity after the two spent some time together after the spring game.


"We talked about the camp and Coach Gran is really looking forward to showing me a few things," Patrick said. "I loved my first visit there. I mean everything was great with the facilities, stadium, everything. This time will be more about being in the camp and just learning from Coach Gran."



Kerr has the 'Noles up there on his radar

St. Petersburg, Fla. TE Jeremy Kerr showed he's more than just an average blocker. He showcased great hands in traffic and the ability to get off the line of scrimmage. During the 7-on-7 portion of the camp, he was a match-up problem with his size and quickness.


"Our team runs the wing-T offense, so I don't always get a chance to get the ball a lot with the passing game, so this was a great experience for me," explained Kerr. "As a receiver, I can make a lot of plays with hands in getting separation."


Kerr currently holds an Miami offer, but it appears more on the way. The 6-foot-5, 244 pound tight end is building interest from Florida State, Central Florida, Missouri, South Florida and Florida Atlantic are some of the main schools involved. Kerr recently visited FSU for their junior day.


"I got a chance to tour the campus, see a lot of cool stuff with their training facility and the locker room which I liked a lot," Kerr said. "I also liked tight ends coach James Coley a lot. He treated me just like I was a player and just made me feel part of the team. I plan to be back at FSU for their summer camp."


How does he think he can fit in to FSU's offense?


"They have both blocking and receiving tight ends, so that's not an issue either way for me. I'm a pretty physical guy that would fit well in both of those parts of FSU, especially with the way they spread it around I think," said Kerr.


Kerr also plans to visit Miami and South Florida this summer.



Some 2014 names to watch

Some underclassmen to watch is Lakewood (St. Petersburg, Fla.) OL Isaiah Wynn, who earned the MVP award for the OL. He is a very talented tackle prospect that excelled with quick footwork and his hands. Wynn said he's getting plenty of interest from Florida State and plans on hopefully camping there later this summer.


In addition, one of the most dominating defensive lineman at the event was DE Keyon Brown from Hardee (Wauchula, Florida). From a performance stand point, he was one of the most impressive tackles for the one-on-ones. While some defensive tackles struggled with the quickness of the offensive line, Brown was one of the few that had even quicker feet, but even better leverage and balance much of the day. Brown says the interest level remains in-state with South Florida, FSU, Florida and Miami all showing interest. Keep an eye on him this season. He is a very strong pass rusher with a variety of moves early into his career.


Some other names to watch that did well at the camp - Baker County (Glen St. Mary, Florida) 2015 DT CeCe Jefferson, DE Rashawn Scott from Fort Pierce Central, DT Travonte Valentine from Bayside (Palm Bay, Fla.), WR Ryeshene Bronson from Dunbar (Ft. Myers, Fla.) and 2013 WR Johnell Barnes from Dunbar.


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