Say hello to John Frady

John Frady grew up a Florida Gator fan but soon fell for the Florida State Seminoles. Frady, a talented offensive lineman from Jacksonville Bolles, has had a few days to reflect on his decision to attend FSU next year. Guess what? He's more excited than ever. While Frady has yet to meet Bobby Bowden, the veteran coach was the primary reason behind his decision. "Thirty years from now, I want to be able to say I played for coach Bowden, because that's going to mean a lot," Frady said.

John Frady was tired and sore Wednesday evening. But it was a good tired and sore, Frady said and laughed. Earlier in the afternoon, Jacksonville Bolles held a spirited spring practice in full gear.

"It was our third day in pads and I am starting to feel it," Frady said. "But it's a good feeling. I was starting to miss it (football)."

On Monday, Frady, a 6-3, 275-pound offensive lineman, orally committed to attend Florida State next year.

While the excited Frady believes FSU is a good fit for his talents, he playfully admitted his decision wasn't met with flying colors at home. In fact, Frady said his mother thought her only child would be fitted in Orange and Blue next year. Yes, Frady admitted he grew up a Florida Gator fan -- "You know, living in Jacksonville it's 'Go Gators,' " he said -- but he quickly fell for the Seminoles.

"My mother was a little shocked at first -- she never saw me as a Seminole," said the polite and personable Frady. "But she's getting over that initial shock now (laughing) and thinks it's a good thing."

Ironically, about an hour after Frady accepted the Seminoles' scholarship offer, Florida called and offered him as well. Miami quickly followed. LSU had been Frady's only offer prior to Monday. More offers are expected -- with good reason. Frady is an enormous talent, noted for his strength and speed. He runs in the 4.9 range and is very strong (365 bench press, 600 squat, 335 power clean).

Frady made an unofficial visit to FSU last season, when the Seminoles tangled with the Miami Hurricanes. That marked his first trip to Tallahassee. He stopped by one of FSU's spring practices two months ago and also attended the Gators' spring game.

While at FSU, Frady was especially impressed with the University Center, which is build around Doak Campbell Stadium, and also liked the Seminoles' facilities. While Frady has yet to meet Bobby Bowden, he said FSU's veteran coach was the reason behind his decision to orally commit. Frady plans to take his official visit to FSU in the fall.

"Thirty years from now, I want to be able to say I played for coach Bowden, because that's going to mean a lot," Frady said. "He's going to retire as the winningest coach in college football, and to say that I was able to play for him will be a great thing."

For the time being, Frady is focused on helping his high school team. Frady wants to make sure his class is not the first senior class at the school since 1986 not to win a state title during its prep career. Frady said Bolles welcomes back 18 starters from last year's team that lost in regional play.

Frady was quite the athlete growing up, playing basketball, baseball and football as well as participating in track and field. In fact, Frady was considered an exceptional right-handed pitcher, and he's still asked to play with local travel teams. "I have to tell these coaches that I haven't picked up a baseball in three years," Frady said. "But I don't think I had a month off from baseball from six (years old) to 14."

Frady, 17, also enjoys fishing, four-wheeling with his buddies and hitting the beach. He's well-spoken and thoughtful. Of course, he loves his mother's cooking and has been known to eat as many as nine chicken breasts for dinner.

On the football field, Frady is considered an excellent blocker, especially run-block, and he also has played defense. Frady believes he will fit nicely in the Seminoles' offensive scheme. He's also expected to be fine academically.

"That's another reason why I liked FSU," Frady said. "Offensively, they have better balance. When I was at Florida, it looked like all they wanted to do was throw the ball around the field. I feel good (about commitment). Now I can just concentrate and get ready for our season."

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