Florida is known as being a breeding ground for premier Division-I talent, and every year college coaches from across the nation flock to the Sunshine State hoping to add some of the wealth to their roster.
Coach Les Miles and his staff have their eyes set on a number of Florida’s top talents, including one of the nation’s best prospects at his position.
West Palm Beach (Fla.) William T. Dwyer tight end Nick O’Leary possesses offers from virtually every major football program in the land.
The No. 3 rated tight end (No. 34 overall) started drawing heavy attention last season when he showcased his skills as a receiver, seeing the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder haul in 43 receptions for 679 yards and seven touchdowns, earning him First Team All-State honors in the process.
O’Leary and his squad recently wrapped up spring practice, and the big man picked up where he left off.
“Spring practice is over with now, and though we lost the spring game, me and Jacoby (Brissett) did good,” he said. “I finished the game with nine receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Jacoby is a great quarterback, and it’s fun being on the same team as him.
“We’ve joked around about playing together in college, but I don’t know if that is going to fall through or not.”
Coincidentally, Brissett also holds an offer from LSU.
While O’Leary holds over two-dozen offers, there have been rumors swirling that he is favoring some of the Florida schools. On Thursday, he informed TigerSportsDigest.com that it wasn’t the case, even saying that LSU was a new team worth considering.
“I have close to 30 offers,” O’Leary said. “I’ve visited Florida State and Miami already and they’re teams I’m looking at, but I don’t have any favorites right now. I’m open to everybody.
“There have been a bunch of coaches that stopped by my school and coach [Billy] Gonzales from LSU came by one day, but I wasn’t there to see him. I had talked to him one time before though, and he said that a lot of people have taken official visits to LSU and fell in love with the school while they were there. I think LSU is a place I’d like to check out because I don’t know much about them.”
Being that spring practice just let out, O’Leary said that his summer visit schedule remains undecided.
Regardless, he does have an idea of what he will be looking for once he arrives at his destinations.
“I will be looking to see how each team uses their tight ends, and if the campus feels like home,” O’Leary said. “It doesn’t matter how close the school is to home. All that matters is if I like it there or not.”