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Tyler Jefferson enjoys working with Kenny Dillingham at FSU Elite Camp

Florida State hosted top targets across multiple classes last weekend to work out at the Elite Camp. The event was the first time in nearly 16 months that prospects were able to be evaluated by the Seminoles coaching staff in person.

2023 quarterback Tyler Jefferson was one of the recruits in attendance. He’s been communicating with the staff since picking up an offer in January but this was his first time meeting them face to face.

“Definitely not like over the phone,” Jefferson said. “There was a lot more energy, a lot more talking, being up there with them. The whole coaching staff is just full of energy, they’re full of life. I just love it up there.”



Jefferson felt confident during his workout at the Elite Camp. He told NoleGameday that offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham was happy with his performance.

“I think I did really good at the camp,” Jefferson said. “Coach Dillingham thought I did really good, he thought I blew it off the roof out there. I completed every ball that I threw, on time, accuracy was on point, so I felt really good.”

The Florida native got the chance to work with and learn from Dillingham for the first time at the camp. He came away impressed with Dillingham’s energy and coaching style.

“Coach Dillingham, first of all, he’s a great coach,” Jefferson said. “That’s a great dude. He definitely broke things down, he told us what we were doing and why we were doing it. I got excellent feedback from him, he said I was doing good throughout the whole camp.”

“I honestly think that would be pretty fun to be with coach Dillingham,” Jefferson continued. “His energy is through the roof, all the time. Being in the classroom, getting up on the board with him, and going out on the field with him, it was the same energy the entire time. I really enjoyed that.”

Outside of the camp, Jefferson took some photos in uniform, went on a campus tour, and enjoyed some of the amenities around the football facilities. He named Florida State his leader earlier this offseason and that is still the case after this visit. As of now, Jefferson can see himself playing in garnet and gold.

“Most definitely,” Jefferson said. “They still lead in my recruitment. Just being on campus, being able to talk to the coaches, as of right now, I can see myself playing for FSU. I can see myself doing that, being able to excel there as well.”

The Hawthorne High School product will return to Tallahassee this upcoming week to participate in the Quarterback Camp. He is also planning to make a trip to Florida State in July so he can go through a full workout with the coaching staff. Jefferson has been limited most of the offseason due to a knee injury but says his recovery is progressing well. He’s back lifting weights on the knee.

“I plan to be back at Florida State next Friday (June 18) for another camp. I’ll come back again in July. That’s when I’ll be able to move more, running and stuff. I’ll be able to come in, workout, and then we may talk about a possible commitment then.”

With the dead period finally over, recruits across the entire country are in for a busy summer visiting college campuses. That’s no different for Jefferson, who camped at Clemson and Georgia Tech last week. He’ll be at Florida today for another camp.

How would his recruitment be impacted if one of those schools offered?

“I would still have Florida State No. 1, even if I did get an offer,” Jefferson said. “At this moment, I honestly see myself there.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound quarterback is currently unranked in the 2023 class according to 247Sports.

Keep up with NoleGameday for the latest on Jefferson and his upcoming visits.


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