2022 athlete Brian Courtney announces commitment to Florida State

After picking up the first scholarship offer in his recruitment from Florida State at the end of March, 2022 athlete Brian Courtney made it down to Tallahassee over the weekend to attend the annual spring game. On Thursday afternoon, he announced via social media that he was committing to the Seminoles.

“We went down for the spring game,” Courtney said. “We loved the campus, we loved the culture. Just talking to coach Norvell and coach Dillingham a lot, they have a good plan for how they want to use me down there and I was really excited about that.”

Courtney actually informed FSU’s coaching staff of his decision yesterday. He called head coach Mike Norvell to let him know and he was understandably pretty excited. A few minutes later, Courtney spoke with offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham as well.

“They were really excited,” Courtney said. “I talked to coach Norvell, he was pumped up. Coach Dillingham called me about five minutes later because coach Norvell ran down to his office to tell him. They were both really excited.”

The Virginia native’s recruitment is really just getting started after the state’s decision not to allow high school football in the fall. That has allowed Courtney to remain a little bit under the radar so far. The Seminoles offered him on March 26, Columbia, Old Dominion, and UMass have since followed suit.

“Florida State came in first and kind of started the buzz,” Courtney said. “I loved everything I saw from Florida State so I decided to make a decision because of everything I was hearing and I decided to join the team.”

Last weekend was the first time that Courtney and his family had ever visited Florida State’s campus. He came away impressed with the number of fans that showed up even with COVID-19 restrictions still in place.

“It was pretty crazy,” Courtney said. “It was packed, people were going just for a spring game so I can’t imagine what it would be like for a real game.”

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Following the spring game, the Independence High School product was hanging around the Unconquered Statue where he spoke with fellow commits Travis Hunter and Nicco Marchiol. They were in his ear about joining the class.

“I was with them [Hunter and Marchiol] pretty much the whole night,” Courtney said. “They were both telling me to go down there and commit. I like those guys a lot and I had a lot of fun with them.”

Courtney is listed as an athlete by most recruiting services and he plays quarterback and outside linebacker for his high school team. FSU likes him as a tight end and he has been talking with the staff about what they have planned for him at the next level.

“I talk to them [Norvell and Dillingham] a lot, I also talk to coach Thomsen a lot,” Courtney said. “I was talking to them about how they see me in the offense and what they think I can do. Hearing from them, they said that they have a good plan for me and that was a big deal coming in as an athlete. Having that plan for me was really important.”

“It’s like a tight end/h-back type of deal,” Courtney continued. “Move me around to different spots because I can even go out wide some.”

With the dead period officially being lifted up at the beginning of June, Courtney is planning to get back to Florida State as soon as he can meet with the staff on campus. It’s likely that he’ll be an early enrollee but he hasn’t made a final decision.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound tight end is currently unranked in the 2022 class according to 247Sports. We expect that to change in the near future after his junior film from the spring is evaluated. Courtney becomes the eighth verbal commitment for the Seminoles in #Tribe22, which ranks No. 10 in the country.

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