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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Noles 2013 snapshot: Ryan Hoefeld

By Corey Dowlar

With national signing day behind us, NoleNation takes a closer look at the next crop of Seminoles.

Vitals: Offensive lineman Ryan Hoefeld (New Orleans/Brother Martin), 6-foot-3, 275 pounds

Committed: July 2, 2012 grade: 78, three-star prospect rankings: No. 7 center prospect in the country, No. 267 player in the Southeast and the No. 26 prospect in the state of Louisiana.

Picked Florida State over: Arizona and TCU.

State of the position: The Seminoles' offensive line returns four of five players in 2013. The only player who won't return is tackle Menelik Watson, who declared for the NFL draft as a junior. Josue Matias and Tre' Jackson, the starting guards, will be juniors in the fall. The depth behind them isn't tremendous, but there is enough to get by. Guys such as Ruben Carter, Bobby Hart, Henry Orelus and Sterling Lovelady could all play inside. Offensive line will continue to be a major recruiting priority in 2014. scouting report: Hoefeld is efficient at playing tackle, however we feel his size and athleticism are better suited for the offensive guard position at the major level of competition; dominates as a run blocker with his toughness and playing strength. His frame appears capable of supporting additional body mass over time. Although we detect some lower body stiffness playing out of a three point stance, his balance allows him to play on his feet in space while showing the ability to adjust his feet to handle quick change of direction movement. This prospect comes off the ball aggressively with the initial quickness, explosion and pop needed to knock defenders off the line of scrimmage; demonstrates the ability to roll the hips on contact; establishes a good base along while following through with persistent leg drive. His quick first step allows him to reach for leverage vs. offset defender; demonstrates the ability to consistently get a hat on active 1st and 2nd level defenders. With added bulk, he should have the physical tools necessary to make all the run blocks at the next level. His arm length, quick hands and nimble feet should be assets in pass protection; can short set with good side to side movement. Although all areas of hand use will need refinement, we see the effort to work the hands inside; has double read potential. This guy is a tough customer with a nasty finishing effort. Could also be a candidate to develop at Center. Hoefeld might need some time to grow physically; once this is accomplished, he should have a long and productive career at the BCS level of play.

Expected impact: Hoefeld has done a tremendous job adding weight on his own in just a year's time, but the Seminoles really have no reason to rush him along. A redshirt would serve him well, as he can make sure his weight gain is distributed evenly and supervised by the Florida State strength and conditioning staff. The work ethic and tenacity he has is a big reason he was offered at the Seminoles summer camp, so once physically able to compete on the college level, he should have no problems fitting in.