Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 2016 4-star tight end Isaac Nauta committed to Florida State back in December 2014, but that hasn’t stopped other schools from going after the elite tight end. In fact, he says his recruitment has picked up since then.
“I was trying to compare it to somebody, but it’s like once you get a hot girl all the other girls want you too,” Nauta said. “Just the fact that me committing may have brought awareness to other schools that we should jump on this. The big ones are Florida, Michigan, and Miami.”
Nauta recently transferred from Buford high school in Georgia to IMG Academy.
“I like it,” Nauta said. “It’s a place where you get the chance to train probably more than you would at a normal high school just because you’re there all the time. You just have all the resources available to you. It’s a great place.
Another Florida State commit, 4-star quarterback Malik Henry, also transferred to IMG recently. Nauta said the two have built a great relationship already.
“We’re learning the chemistry already,” Nauta said. “We’re getting down the timing with each other and we’re roommates too so I’m getting to know him better as a person.”
Nauta said he’s looking forward to playing with Henry at Florida State as well as at IMG.
“Malik and I are real cool and we get along with each other,” Nauta said. “Starting it now, and starting it early is only going to benefit us in the future.”
Malik and Nauta are both out recruiting for the Seminoles, but Nauta says he’s the better of the two at it.
“Definitely me,” Nauta said. “I just tell them to go visit campus. There are a lot of different opinions about Florida State, but once you get on campus and get around the people you realize how great a place it is. I’ve known a lot of guys that have not liked Florida State then go visit and end up committing.”
Nauta has developed a special relationship with tight ends coach Tim Brewster.
“Coach Brew is awesome,” Nauta said. “He’s just a guy that you can believe in when he talks to you. I definitely think he has my best interests in mind with where I want to go and he wants to take me. If we work hand in hand like that there’s no ceiling to my game.”
Nauta has plans to get back up to Florida State real soon.
“As soon as possible,” Nauta said. “I’m probably going to get back there after they get back off Spring break. The guys will be back and I can hang out with them.”
Nauta is planning to take all of his official visits.
“I plan to take all of my officials,” Nauta said. “I already talked to coach Brew and coach Fisher about it. I told them I’m going to take advantage of the recruiting process and enjoy it while I can because you only get one time.”
“I’m probably going to take one to Michigan, South Carolina, Florida State definitely, probably one to Southern Cal or UCLA, and then I might even hit up Miami,” Nauta added.
Despite wanting to take those officials Nauta said he’s still all Seminole.
“Oh yeah, I’m 100-percent Florida State,” Nauta said.