A crowded bus arrived at the Florida State campus last Saturday with nearly all of the famous 7-on-7 team, South Florida Express. 2023 defensive back Damari Brown was one of the prospects to make the trip and he enjoyed his time in Tallahassee.
“It was pretty good, the vibe, the intensity on top,” Brown said. “Coach Norvell was ready to go and excited for the season ahead,”
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Brown and his teammates took a short walk to the training grounds to watch the Seminoles kick off spring training. He liked the energy in training.
“Energies up, tempo, everybody run out there,” Brown said. “Coming back and improving. I think they’re going to have a better year this year.”
One of the main purposes of his visit was to continue to deepen relationships with the Florida State coaching staff. He spoke with head coach Mike Norvell, defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson, defensive coordinator Adam Fuller and linebackers coach Randy Shannon.
Brown’s dad actually played with Shannon in college.
“I came here to continue building relationships,” Brown said. “That will be one of the main things in my decision. Who I’m close with, who I feel most comfortable with.
“I have a great relationship with Coach Woodson, Coach Shannon, Coach Adam Fuller and Coach Norvell,” Brown continued. “My dad played in college under Coach Shannon. That plays a big part because it’s almost like another family member that I have on that staff who would support me.
The Florida native is very close with Coach Woodson. He believes Woodson is a true coach and can help him develop to the next level.
“Coach Woodson, he wants the best out of his players, he really cares about them, he’s a genuine guy,” Brown said. “We are quite close and he wants the best for me on and off the pitch. He wants to help me develop.
Before wrapping up his visit, Brown sat down with head coach Mike Norvell for a meeting. He understands that Norvell will push him and that it won’t always be easy if he chooses Florida State.
“It went well,” Brown said. “He’s going to work my tail here, he wants to get the best out of me. He’s going to develop me to be the best player I can be.”
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Following this visit, the Seminoles are among the top schools in Brown’s recruiting. Miami, Clemson, Alabama, Florida, and LSU are a few other schools with strong involvement.
“One of my best schools, for sure,” Brown said. “Florida State, they’re not going anywhere, they’ll probably be in on it eventually.”
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback will soon travel to Alabama, Clemson and LSU. He is hoping for a trip back to Florida State sometime in the summer. An updated top roster will arrive in late spring.
Stick with NoleGameday for more on Brown throughout his upcoming senior season.
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