Rising OL TJ Demas checks out FSU for spring game

Talented prospects from across the country were in Tallahassee earlier in April to attend Florida State’s 2021 spring game. Rising offensive lineman TJ Demas, who picked up his first FBS offer in November, was one of the visitors on campus. With over 10,000 fans in Doak Campbell Stadium despite COVID-19 restrictions in place, he came away impressed by the amount of support the Seminoles received.

“I just think that people are excited that FSU football is back,” Demas said. “People were really excited to see what the team has even though it was just a spring game.”

“It was definitely exciting, just the energy and the love the fans showed all the time,” Demas continued. “That was crazy, it was crazy to me.”

Before the action got underway, Demas toured the campus with his sister, a student at FSU.

“I’ve always loved Florida State’s campus, it’s beautiful,” Demas said. “I think Landis Green is one of my favorite parts about the whole campus.”

The Florida native had his eyes on the offense and offensive line during the spring game. He liked what he saw from guard Dontae Lucas and center Maurice Smith.

“They have really improved,” Demas said. “I really liked No. 55 [Lucas] and No. 53 [Smith], the center, they impressed me.”

“I saw No. 11 [Malik McClain], he was going up on top of people,” Demas continued. “Jordan Travis, McKenzie Milton, they were throwing that thing well.”

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Demas also watched the coaching staff to get a feel for their style during the exhibition. He enjoyed the passion that head coach Mike Norvell and the other coaches showed on the field.

“They’re just passionate about what they do,” Demas said. “They like what they do. They’re just worried about improvement not what people outside are talking about. They’re worried about dealing with their team and their family.”

While Florida State hasn’t joined his recruitment yet, things are just getting started with Demas. He fell a little under the radar due to the pandemic with college coaches being unable to evaluate or meet with prospects in person. That said, Demas has been communicating with defensive coordinator Adam Fuller and the Seminoles want to see him during a camp this summer.

“I talked to coach Fuller,” Demas said. “I texted him before I went up to the spring game. My coach, he was the one that got coach Fuller to start talking to me somewhat. He wants to see me at a camp setting to see how I move and how I play.”

The Clearwater Central Catholic High school product plans to be back in Tallahassee on June 6 for the Sunshine Showcase. If FSU offers, the ‘Noles will move to the top of his list. Demas has had multiple family members attend the school and he grew up a fan of the program.

“Definitely first,” Demas said. “That’s been the dream school. My whole family has basically gone there, my dad and now my sister. I grew up an FSU fan.”

The 6-foot-1, 307-pound center is currently unranked in the 2022 class according to 247Sports.

Keep up with NoleGameday for the latest on Demas’ growing recruitment and his return trip to Florida State in June.

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