Florida State's Most Valuable Commitment?

Florida State's first football commitment of the 2006 class might be the most important recruit of the year for the Seminoles. Offensive center Chad Roark will enroll this upcoming January and compete for a starting spot.

"I hear (John) Frady hates playing center and he wants to move back to guard," Roark said.

If Frady moves next spring, Roark would compete for the starting job with redshirt freshman Dumaka Atkins who has struggled with the injury bug. This past year, Atkins has had two shoulder surgeries.

Another reason the Ada (OK) is such a huge an asset for the Seminoles is fact that he's helping the recruiting class by calling and trying to encourage fellow recruits to join him in Tallahassee.

"I've talked with both Christian Ponder and Jim Barrie about coming to Florida State," he said. "From talking with both of them on the phone, I feel like Florida State has a good shot with them. I'm going to try and call Andre Smith today."

Roark continues to keep in touch with his future position coach in Mark McHale.

"We talk about twice a week," he said. "We talk about the offense at Florida State and he gives me coaching tips like staying in my base while making contact. He said my technique is pretty good."

What attracts prospects like Roark to the former Marshall offensive coordinator?

"He's a great guy and a teacher," he said. "He doesn't get in your face. He reminds me of favorite coach in high school. Of all the offensive line coaches that I've talked to this year, he's my favorite."

Other schools haven't given up on the Ada (OK) standout.

"I get handwritten letters every day but I pretty much throw them away and I don't read my mail," he said. "I'm only going to visit Florida State. I will visit there for a game unofficially and I'll take an official visit there as well."

This summer Roark has been busy getting ready for his senior year.

"I lift from 4-6 PM and I'm doing a lot of running," he said. "I'm not maxing out yet because I just got my cast off of my wrist."

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