TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Rising junior defensive end Denzel Ware had previously camped at Florida State in June, but the Crestview (Fla.) native decided to return to Tallahassee and participate in the first day of the July session of camp with the Seminoles. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound defender feels like his experience on Wednesday marked his best visit yet.
"I think today was way better than last time," Ware said. "I learned way more from the coaches today and I also got to talk to the coaches building up a relationship with them."
The Sunshine State native has built a relationship with multiple coaches on the staff at Florida State.
"I have built a good relationship with (defensive ends) Coach (D.J.) Eliot, (offensive line) Coach (Rick) Trickett, and head Coach Jimbo Fisher as well as (defensive tackles) Coach Odell Haggins," Ware said. "I feel like I have a great relationship with all of those guys."
Ware now claims offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Ohio State, Texas and USC. Despite a number of major offers from some of the nation's best, Ware remains squarely focused on the squad closest to home.
"Florida State is still the top school," Ware said. "I used to say it was my dream school, but it isn't even that. It is just the school where I like their style of play and I like how the players get along with each other. It is a place where I think I can be for four years.
"I still am not going to commit," Ware added. "I want to see what is going to come and I want to take my time. If I was ready to commit, it would be Florida State, but I am not committing yet."
He mentioned an interest in eventually visiting Alabama, Florida, and possibly Ohio State.