From Robert F. Munroe Day School in Quincy, Fla., Mashburn committed to Florida State on Saturday night. Prior to his commitment, Fifth Quarter was able to speak with the talented defender.
What are some things that you enjoy outside of football?
Mashburn: “Bowling, playing video games, fishing, sleeping, and family bonding.”
During this past season, you played both defensive end and defensive tackle. Do you like playing both positions? Do you prefer one specific position? Who do you model your game after?
Mashburn: “Honestly, I like playing both. It was a fun position to play on the line. I model my game after Jermaine Johnson — I was watching him all season — Fletcher Cox, and Aaron Donald.”
You visited FSU’s campus three times this year; how was that experience for you? What has kept you coming back?
Mashburn: “It’s a great experience being on the Noles’ campus. The staff is very welcoming. (There are) great facilities and just an amazing place to visit.”
What assistant coach on Florida State’s staff do you talk with the most? What is your relationship like with him?
Mashburn: “I’ve talked to (head) Coach (Mike) Norvell and (defensive line) Coach (Odell) Haggins the most. At the moment, I can’t talk to the coaches till Sept. 1.”
What was it like receiving an offer from Florida State?
Mashburn: “When I heard the words, ‘you’ve been offered by FSU,’ it was just excitement — the best feeling to be offered by the college in my hometown.”
Mashburn immediately felt the attention from the Seminoles as they were his first-ever offer. Since Florida State offered on Jan. 14, 2022, he has visited FSU three times.
Most recruiting platforms have him as an unranked prospect, but it should not stay that way for long. Standing at 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, one should expect defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins to develop Mashburn into a disruptive defensive tackle for years to come.