Florida State held its first recruiting event of 2023 last weekend, hosting nearly 30 recruits. One of the recruits on campus this weekend was Ocala – Trinity Catholic standout offensive lineman Tommy Kinsler.
The Florida State coaching staff is taking a different approach to normal junior day visits. Instead of hosting large groups of recruits, they plan to hold several smaller events that will allow them to spend more time with recruits and their families.
According to Tommy Kinsler, it was something that made the visit stand out for him and his family.
“The coaches showed me and my family a lot of love during the visit,” Kinsler said. “Coach Norvell said I was the first rookie he wanted to meet. He told me and my family that he wanted me to be a ‘Nole and they were going to do whatever their best to get me. Of all the coaches I spoke to, Coach Norvell was the most genuine with me. He told me that as long as I do the job on and off the pitch, I can help them. He said real things – more than just football. Loved the campus too. Overall was a great visit.
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Trinity Catholic is one of the best programs in the state of Florida as they usually compete for state championships. The exposure gained from playing in a program like this has given Tommy a strong start in recruiting as he has 11 offers.
“Schools like Florida, FSU, Miami, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Ole Miss, UCF, USF, FAMU and a few others have come forward,” Kinsler said. “I would say right now I hear from Florida and FSU the most from everyone right now.”
Coach Atkins and Coach Norvell impressed the state lineman last weekend, building on a strong relationship from the start.
“I spoke and met with the coaches, that’s something I really wanted to do on this visit,” Kinsler explained. “I’ve been to games, but sitting down with the coaches and connecting with them, seeing how Coach Atkins is, I wanted to see that. FSU showed a lot of love. Coach Atkins is a good coach. He evaluates you and gives you feedback on what you are doing right and wrong. I liked it, and my family liked it. You don’t get as much from other coaches. My family, who are die-hard Gator fans, loved the tour.
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With Trinity Catholic being in Ocala, this program has traditionally seen players go to Florida for college. Tommy admits to being a Gator fan, but says what FSU has done so far has caught his attention.
“I planned to keep my recruiting open and weigh my options, but yeah, I’ve always loved Florida and grew up watching them,” Kinsler admitted. “It’s a bit weird to be recruited by FSU, but I have to say that the visit I just had was my first real visit and they are top notch. What stands out is the campus. I love it. I liked it. I hadn’t realized how big it was. Everything was good.
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The 6’6”. The 344-pound lineman says FSU likes him as a guard but also plans to give him a look at tackle, while Florida likes him at tackle.
“Coach Atkins said I’m probably a guard for them, but maybe I can tackle too,” Kinsler said. “I play both now. I feel pretty balanced. I have quick feet and a high football IQ and I’m quite aggressive. I’m more comfortable at tackling, but I can do either one or the other. other (at college).
Kinsler plans to travel to Miami next and says he will visit FSU again on March 1. Currently, he plans to commit at some point during his senior season.