2023 OL TJ Shanahan Talks FSU Scrimmage, Recruiting

Florida State has found success previously at Timber Creek High School in Orlando, FL. They hope that string of luck can continue with 2023 offensive lineman TJ Shanahan. We caught up with him to talk about his recruitment, and to talk about his recent visit to Tallahassee for the Seminoles’ first scrimmage.

College coaches from all over the country have offered recruits from the 2023 class. Timber Creek standout offensive lineman TJ Shanahan has offers from just about every major program so far, therefore his recruitment has been heavy for some time. College coaches can contact juniors starting September 1st, and that’s when Shanahan says he expects things to kick into high gear.

“Recruiting is going good but I think it will really pick up when September 1st comes,” Shanahan said. “Right now I talk to FSU the most out of all the schools I talk to. I’ve been in contact with Florida, Ohio State, Alabama and some others. I have over 30 offers now. I like all of the schools in Florida and I like college football overall, but I really like FSU a lot right now.”

Florida State has let it be known that TJ is a priority target for the 2023 class. Since the offer came, FSU has done a great job recruiting the standout lineman.

“I can see why guys are committing there,” Shanahan said. “Coach Atkins and Coach Norvell are chill. I get great vibes from them. They’ve been awesome so far. Coach Atkins is down to earth and he is a relatable young coach. I saw at the practice that he’s going to turn that line around.”

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Heading to Tallahassee for the first scrimmage was important as TJ wanted to see how things are going for FSU, and he said he wanted to see the coaches work in person.

“I wanted to see how they do things, and I wanted to watch the offensive linemen in person,” Shanahan said. “I was watching their fundamentals. You could hear Coach Atkins coaching sitting in the stadium. I liked how vocal he was and how he was working with the guys. Last year, and the year before, they struggled. He’s getting them right. There was a lot to like and I was excited to watch them. The city of Tallahassee is great, and I just saw a lot to like about it there.”

Coach Norvell has also been recruiting TJ, and he says that their relationship is building rather quickly.

“With Coach Norvell, things are building very fast,” Shanahan said. “He’s very chill and he talks about more things than football. You can tell he truly enjoys coaching and enjoys seeing his players develop. When you commit there he fully commits to you. I know by talking to him that he wants to make you the best person you can be when you play for him.”

One of the main reasons TJ has over 30 offers is because he is one of the most versatile linemen in his class, and he also plays with a true mean streak which you can see on his highlight film. While he is a 6’5”, 300 pound tackle right now, he is keeping things open to how they develop on the next level when it comes to his future position.

“I can play tackle or guard, and I can even slide inside to center if the coaches want me to,” Shanahan said. “I am keeping an open mind on where I play in college. My versatility is something that Coach Atkins sees in me. Like him, coaches see me as a tackle that can transition to guard.”

“I am a physical football player that wants to bury the defender in the dirt,” Shanahan continued. “I want them to eat grass, but I will help them up and then do it all over again the next play. While I play mean and physical I also have good technique. In college that is the biggest difference in being a good lineman versus a great lineman. Everyone in college is strong, so my technique will separate that. Having great foot speed and hands are a big factor to success in college. Every day I am working to get 1% better.”

Shanahan has done virtual visits with Florida, Notre Dame and Texas A&M, and he plans to set one up with FSU soon. When visits are allowed he plans on seeing FSU, Ohio State, Florida, Alabama, USC, Georgia, Oregon, Michigan State and a few others. 

“The schools I talk to regularly will be the schools I visit,” Shanahan said. “I know those will be eye-opening. I plan on going through the whole process so that I can make the best decision for myself.”

As of last week, TJ wasn’t sure if he would be attending the FSU spring game due to a track meet. He said there is a good possibility that he’ll be there, but either way he will be back up to FSU “real soon.”

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