Nick Alajajian became a fan favorite after his highlight film hit the internet earlier this year. One of the top interior line prospects in the entire state this season, Nick Alajajian will be a three year starter at Naples this fall. He was the team's top lineman for their Class 3A state championship team (16-0) in 2007, giving up only one sack all year. This past weekend he made an unofficial visit to Florida State.
"The visit went really good. I liked what I saw. It seems like it is a good place to be. I got a chance to meet all the coaches. I spoke to Bobby Bowden for a little bit, and I got a chance to have a good conversation with coach Trickett. Meeting with Bowden was awesome. He is the best coach in the history of college football. I will remember the conversation for the rest of my life. We just talked about the program and how much they liked me."
One of the biggest factors in Alajajian's recruitment is the relationship with his future position coach. It was important coming into the visit that Nick spends time with coach Trickett and they hit it off. So, did Nick see what he needed to from FSU's offensive line coach?
"Coach Trickett is known as one of the best in the entire nation. I can definitely see myself playing for him. We had a good conversation. After getting a chance to speak to Coach Bowden, then speaking to coach Trickett, it was cool. Coach Trickett was telling me how they only have 8 offensive linemen for next year, and that I am a perfect fit for his style of play. We watched practice film and just talked football. The fact they are short on depth is a big factor. I could walk in there and make an early impact if I decided to go to Florida State."
After getting a chance to tour the campus, meet the coaches and watch the scrimmage, what impact did the visit have for Nick? According to him, it opened up his eyes.
"FSU has a nice campus. It's a lot different from high school. It's the first time I've ever had a chance to tour the campus. In my opinion the facilities at Florida State are the best I have seen yet. The scrimmage was cool and the guys were really hitting. The offensive line gets after it and Trickett really coaches up his guys. He is a great coach. Overall, the visit opened up my eyes more. I can't deny, though, that Florida is still number 1, with FSU a solid number 2. I've developed a good relationship with coach Addazio at Florida. I'm not saying I don't have one with coach Trickett, but I like Florida right now. Just because they are my favorite doesn't mean that's where I am going. I plan on probably taking an official to Florida State."
While the visit was great and opened up his eyes, Nick says that he plans on making a few more visits before he makes a decision. He told NoleDigest that his father wants him to make a decision before the summer is out.
"The visits to FSU and Florida were really good, but I plan on making visit to Georgia and Clemson. I don't know when I will yet. My dad wants me to make a decision in July, but if I am not ready I won't make a decision. I don't want to be one of those guys who commits early then signs with another school. If there is no decision in July, I will wait until after my senior season and make my visits."
While Florida is still the leader for Alajajian, the visit to FSU showed him that there are other options out there. For FSU, they must get Nick back on campus for another visit if they have any shot of supplanting the Gators as the top team on his list. This should be another battle for the bitter in-state rivals. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for future updates with Nick and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.