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Monday, January 28, 2013
Hoefeld has 'great' visit to FSU

By Corey Dowlar

The commitment of Ryan Hoefeld (New Orleans/Brother Martin) wasn't in doubt before his official visit to Florida State this weekend.

And it certainly won't be afterward, either.

The three-star center, strong in his decision since July, said he couldn't have hoped for a better trip.

"It was great," he said. "If I had to re-do this process again, I know that I would pick Florida State again. It was just an awesome visit. I am sure that it was a great decision -- it was all just great."

The coaching turnover didn't affect Hoefeld too much given the fact his position coach, Rick Trickett, remained on staff through the turbulence of the past month. Dameyune Craig, his original recruiting coach, departed to Auburn.

But Hoefeld's approach was less focused on the coaches and more on the school and the team.

"I mean, Coach Craig was my recruiting coordinator and some of the other coaches leaving, it didn't really play a factor with me," he said. "You know, I understand the business of college football. It really wasn't too big of a deal, the new linebackers coach, coach [Charles] Kelly, he was my recruiting coach at Georgia Tech. We have a pretty good relationship. I met with coach [Randy] Sanders, met with coach [Billy] Napier, they are all really good guys."

Official visits afford recruits with some one-on-one opportunities to meet with the head coach. Hoefeld took advantage of his as best he could with Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher.

"We just chatted about a bunch of different things and today, before I left, he just made sure that we were good and that it was really important to him that I come there," Hoefeld said. "We went over the applications and everything like that yesterday to get a jump-start on it. He's pretty excited and said that he thinks I look great and all of that."

Slightly undersized when he camped at Florida State this past summer, Hoefeld has since worked hard to add size and strength. If how he checked in this weekend is any indication, being undersized next fall won't be an issue.

"We actually weighed and measured there and I was a little over 6-2 and weighed in at 287," Hoefeld said. "I have been putting in some work. They don't want me to gain any more weight, really. I will come in and they will put the weight on me, but I have been working hard and going through this process. Coach Trickett always tells me to not worry about the scale."