Ryan Hoefeld, a center prospect from New Orleans (La.) Brother Martin High School, committed to the Florida State Seminoles Monday night. Hoefeld is a three star recruit along the offensive line, and is one of the better center recruits nationally.
"I talked to coach Craig and Trickett. They were excited and think I made an absolutely great decision and can't wait to see my great future ahead of me as a Seminole," Hoefeld texted.
Ryan Hoefeld, a 6'3, 265-pound center prospect, made his way up from New Orleans. He stars for Brother Martin High School. Hoefeld performed well enough to earn an offer after the conclusion of camp.
"It was awesome. I didn't know much about Florida State, but I loved it," Hoefeld said. "We watched some movies and I had no idea about how much tradition Florida State has," he added, speaking of Florida State's 3D film often shown to prospects.
Hoefeld's contact with Florida State has been through coach Dameyune Craig, and he was brought to camp by his cousin, who coached with Jimbo Fisher when Fisher was at LSU. But he really enjoyed the coaching from offensive line coach Rick Trickett.
"I loved him. He was awesome," Hoefeld said. "He's a hard-nosed, old-school coach. He is intense," he added. Hoefeld said coach Craig warned him that he had better be focused when working with Trickett. "I work hard and he expects hard work, so we get each other," Hoefeld said. He was also quite complimentary of Florida State's facilities.
Hoefeld also liked that FSU has had success with linemen who come in lighter and then add weight. He spoke with Florida State offensive lineman Bryan Stork, who graduated high school around 240 pounds and is now right around 300. "They have a great weight program that will put the muscle on," Hoefeld said. A likely progression for Hoefeld would be to enroll around 275-80 pounds and then add 10 or so pounds in each of his first two seasons.
Hoefeld projects as a player who will likely need a red-shirt and then a developmental year to gain the necessary size and strength to play at the major BCS level. He plays tackle for his team, and appears to play tough with good athleticism. He is the third member of FSU's offensive line class, along with star tackle Austin Golson and star guard Ira Denson.
SKILL Ryan Green (RB)
SKILL Tony Stevens (WR)
SKILL Jesus Wilson (WR)
SKILL Christian Morgan (TE)
OFFENSIVE LINE Austin Golson (Tackle)
OFFENSIVE LINE Ira Denson (Guard)
OFFENSIVE LINE Ryan Hoefeld (Center)
OFFENSIVE LINE (Optional)
DEFENSIVE LINE Maquedius Bain (Tackle)
DEFENSIVE LINE (Optional)
LINEBACKER Ro'Derrick Hoskins
LINEBACKER Tyrell Lyons
LINEBACKER E.J. Levenberry
DEFENSIVE BACK Sojourn Shelton (Cornerback)
DEFENSIVE BACK Michael Johnson
DEFENSIVE BACK Marquez White
DEFENSIVE BACK (Optional)
DEFENSIVE BACK (Optional)
Hoefeld is Florida State's 14th commitment of the 2013 class. The Seminoles are likely to take between 23 and 30 in the class, depending on NFL draft departures, availability of top players, etc.