Emerging 2022 OT Qae’Shon Sapp is very high on FSU, talks Alex Atkins

With the 2022 recruiting cycle in full swing, many prospects are starting to see their recruitments take off. Rising 2022 offensive tackle Qae’Shon Sapp has picked up offers from Miami, North Carolina, Texas, and USC, among others, since the start of the new year. He’s just trying to enjoy the process right now while planning offseason trips to Florida State, UNC, Texas, USC, Georgia, Florida, Virginia Tech, and Cincinnati.

“I’m trying to enjoy it while I can until I pick those final schools where I’ll be taking official visits,” Sapp said. “Whenever the pandemic is over I basically just want to visit the schools and get to meet the coaches in person and get to build an in-person relationship instead of over the phone.”

Florida State joined Sapp’s list of suitors back in November and the offer meant a lot to him. He says that the Seminoles are high on his list at this point in his recruitment.

“Coach Atkins [offered],” Sapp said. “It’s been a big impact and they’re very high on my list right now. I love the coaching staff, coach Norvell is a great coach, he understands me.”

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The Georgia native is interested in FSU because of the disciplined approach that the coaching staff has not just on the field, but also off of it with their focus on academics. He’s been speaking with Alex Atkins a lot and the two have a solid relationship.

“All of the coaches [at FSU] are looking forward to having every person fulfill their dreams in college and to get to the NFL,” Sapp said. “They stay on me with my grades, ask me about them, they’re very big on academics. If you’re not doing what you need to do academically then they aren’t going to play you. Without your grades, football isn’t always gonna be there.”

“Coach Atkins is a great coach,” Sapp continued. “He’s very energetic, we chop it up all the time. There’s just a connection we have that I don’t know if I have with a lot of coaches, there’s a couple like that. He’s just cool, laid back. He’s not gonna be on you just to be on you because he’s the type of coach that’s just laid back.”

It also helps that Sapp has a previous relationship with Jammie Robinson, the former South Carolina safety who transferred to Tallahassee over the offseason. They both attended Lee County High School and Robinson has actually offered him advice that has helped Sapp improve.

“We go way back,” Sapp said. “He’s one of the guys that I looked up to and he helped me get to where I am now physically and mentally. He told me if you want to play at the next level you can’t be a little punk or complain about things. You’ve got to get up for the next play and not let the last play define who you are.”

Sapp started at right tackle as a junior on a team that finished as a state-championship runner-up. For his age, he is an excellent pass-blocker with good speed in his kicks and solid leverage. As a run blocker, he’s physical at the point of attack and plays through the whistle. I would like to see him be a little more powerful with his punches but that is something he will continue to develop in the weight room. It’s easy to see why he’s been a hot commodity this offseason.

His teammate, four-star linebacker Jaron Willis, also holds an offer from Florida State and the two have talked about attending the same college, along with 2022 tight end Tyrus Washington. Sapp would like to commit either before, or during, his senior season and is planning to be an early enrollee.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive tackle is currently unranked according to 247Sports. That is something that will certainly change either this spring or summer. NoleGameday will continue to track Sapp and his interest in Florida State during his senior year.

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