Noles Nail Down Commit No. 1

Thanks to the tireless efforts of new offensive line coach Mark McHale, Florida State recieved its first commitment of the new recruiting year on Friday. Click here to find out the first player to pledge his services to the Seminoles.

After visiting with coaches, touring the university and talking at length once again with McHale, Ada (Okla.) center Chad Roark committed Friday afternoon.

"It's a great feeling for me," Roark said. "Just being here and seeing the field and the campus has me excited and ready to go."

He'll be ready to go relatively soon - Roark is an excellent student and will complete his high school coursework in December so he can enroll in college classes come January. That will allow the 6-3, 285-pounder to participate in all-important spring football drills.

"I'm happy that it's out of the way," he said. "This is where I wanted to be from the start, but I wanted to wait until my dad saw it before I made my final decision."

As a junior Roark totaled 45 pancake blocks and 117 tackles from his DT spot.

Roark's father, Bryan, said he was equally impressed the efforts of McHale.

"He came all the way out to Oklahoma to watch Chad work out," Bryan said. "Afterwards, he said that Chad looked like one of the best OL prospects in the country and that he'd like for him to come play at Florida State.

"The way he approached things was impressive to us."

After signing just one offensive lineman in February, the Seminoles are hoping that McHale can duplicate Friday's success in the future.

"Coach McHale told me that he wanted me to be a part of the best OL class anywhere in the country," Chad Roark said.

The Roarks said that they enjoyed campus and would spend the rest of the weekend taking in the town. They'll have dinner tonight with quarterback Drew Weatherford. Not unlike Weatherford, Roark said that he plans to help recruit fellow prospects as an early commitment.

Roark chose FSU over 12 other offers including Texas A&M, Florida, Iowa State, Colorado, and LSU. His brother Craig signed with Nebraska in February.

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