2011 TE Gaining Early Interest

The 2011 recruiting cycle got started September 1st as the nation's top juniors started to receive written offers from colleges all across the nation. One of Florida's best for 2011 is Dwyer tight end Nick O'Leary. NoleDigest caught up with him after he got his offer from Florida State to talk about the Seminoles and some of his favorites early on in his process.

On a team loaded with BCS talent like Matt Elam and Gerald Christian, Nick O'Leary is one of the best of the bunch even though he is only a junior. The standout tight end saw his recruitment get off to a nice start as several top-flight programs have already extended him an offer.

"Recruiting has gotten off to a good start," said the Dwyer star. "USF, Miami, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, West Virginia, South Carolina, Boston College and FIU all have offered me. I am pretty happy with it because I have always wanted to play college football, and now I have that chance. Other schools like Georgia and Ohio State have shown interest also."

O'Leary is a Bulldog legacy as his dad played college football there, but he says that doesn't mean he is destined to follow that same path.

"I'm looking at all of the schools that have offered me like Miami, Florida, FSU and others," explained O'Leary. "My dad played linebacker at Georgia. He hasn't been talking to me much and tells me I should pick what I want to do. Growing up I always like Georgia and FSU a lot."

Florida State is one of the programs pursuing Nick at this time, and he says he has spoken to Coach Coley recently regarding the offer.

"I got the offer recently from FSU," said O'Leary. "Coach Coley said I fit every requirement to play for them. Coach Coley talked to me about FSU, and about graduating early. Talking to him helps FSU a lot."

Nick intends on making a visit to FSU sometime in the future. He went to the Ohio State-USC game and plans on visiting Ole Miss because his brother is a student there. What he'll be looking for is a chance to play early.

"I want to go to a school that uses the tight end," O'Leary said, "and I want to go to a school where I can play early. When I go on these visits I try to see as much as I can."

Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Nick's recruitment over the next several months.

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