Top OL has FSU in the top 2

Florida State has seen their offensive line recruitment improve immensely since the arrival of Rick Trickett. One of the first players offered was tackle prospect Nick Alajajian from Naples High School in Naples, FL. NoleDigest caught up with the standout to talk about his offer from FSU, where the Seminoles stand at this point, and his thoughts on his recruitment at this time.

Nick Alajajian is one of the top offensive line prospects in the state of Florida for the 2009 recruiting class. He is an extremely aggressive tackle prospect who simply dominated his opponent last year for one of the best programs in Southwest Florida. The 6'4" 280 pound lineman recently was extended an offer from Florida State, and at this stage in the process it's helped propel the Noles to the top of his list. "Right now I have offers from FSU, Florida, Clemson, Tennessee, Miami and South Florida. My coach told me that Ohio State, Texas, UCF and Notre Dame have been calling about me. I also get a lot of mail from a bunch of different programs. Right now I'd say the in-state schools are at the top of my list. The top 2 in no order are FSU and Florida. I'd prefer to stay in-state, but if something happens and the right program is out of state, I'll go there," explained Alajajian.

FSU and Florida are heated rivals who year-in and year-out go head-to-head for many prospects, and it looks as though Nick will be added to that list. While he's just getting into the process, he said these two programs stick out because of the program and the coaches. He said, "I think both are good programs. I've met both line coaches in person, and I feel like they are very good at what they do. Coach (Steve) Addazio is a good coach from what I've seen. I went to FSU's camp and worked some with Coach (Rick) Trickett. He's knowledgeable and very passionate at what he does."

Some fans may think that the status of the programs as it stands right now may lead Alajajian towards Florida at this time, but that is hardly the case. Nick is one of those prospects who look at the future of the program, and it looks as though both are looking good. "With FSU, the previous years don't mean much to me. Coach Fisher is a good offensive coordinator and he'll get that program going. I like it there and I think if I go there I could make an impact," said Alajajian.

Nick tells NoleDigest that there are a few characteristics of a school that will ultimately lead to him signing with them. He said, "I am looking at academics and how the football players are. I am also looking where the program is going. Right now I think I am going to wait until after my senior season to make a decision. Maybe I'll take all 5 visits, but I'll determine that later in the year."

For now Alajajian plans on staying in shape and working on improving his game. Also, he is talking it over with his coaches and parents about plans to attend some camps over the summer. He said, "I want to work on my flexibility in my legs. I'm good at run blocking and I finish off blocks. After I talk to my parents and coaches I'll have a better idea of camps I may attend."

Nick is one of those "Trickett-types" that FSU fans have come to love. He is ferocious and unrelenting, and stars for the reigning 3A champions. Look for more updates with Nick on NoleDigest as we track his recruitment over the next year.

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