Decatur’s Tank Sessions was already a college prospect before coach Mario Allen arrived at Columbia High. But his recruitment took a definite upturn after Allen showed up from Newnan.
That’s because Columbia had been mainly a Wing-T, double-tights offense before. As a result, Sessions stood out only on the defensive side of the ball, where he played defensive end.
But then Allen came in this past spring and installed a pro-style, spread offense with Sessions as the lone tight end. The rest, as they say, is history.
Wednesday night the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Sessions committed to Florida State as a tight end. He had camped with the Seminoles earlier this summer and really stood out at the position.
“He’s really come into his own,” Allen said of his new star pupil. “He just got better and better as a tight end in seven-on-seven this summer. Ole Miss and Ohio State came in to look at him as a defensive end but left saying ‘our guys are going to love him as a tight end.’”
Allen, as will come as no surprise, plans on playing Session both ways.
“But not too much,” Allen said. “I’ll play him mainly on offense. I don’t want to wear him out. But we’ll use him on defense when we need to.”
Allen said Sessions also had scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, N.C. State, North Carolina, Oregon and UCF. But Sessions fell in love with the Seminoles during their camp and considered committing on the spot.
“Not too close, not too far away,” said Allen, who played college ball at Florida A&M, which is also in Tallahassee. “He got along well with the coaches and just liked it there.”