2014 catcher Bret Maxwell set on FSU


Bret Maxwell went up to Tallahassee for Florida State's baseball camp with some degree of familiarity, but without an offer.

The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Northeast backstop had put himself on the coaching staff's radar previously, and perhaps with a strong showing, could earn himself a spot. And, well, he must have done something right.

"I came up for an unofficial visit and met Coach Martin Jr. and Coach Martin," Maxwell said. "So I went into camp with them already knowing me, they saw me play at the camp and I got offered, I guess."

It didn't take too long for the 5-foot-10, 170-pound catcher to act upon his newly acquired scholarship. Maxwell had a connection to Martin's program that dated back to before he was born.

There, in the halls underneath Dick Howser Stadium, he told assistant coach Martin Jr. that he wanted to become a Seminole.

"I went into the video room and he asked me if I wanted to commit now, or do you know your plans, or are you just not sure where you want to go right now and I told him, 'I want to go to Florida State,' " Maxwell explained. "Then we went over the scholarship and everything else like that.

"I am really excited. My dream has always been to go to Florida State, ever since I started playing baseball. My dad went there -- it is just awesome to know that my dream has come true."

On his way back down to Pinellas County, Maxwell had still not had the opportunity to tell the head coach about his decision.

He picked up the phone and delivered the news to a happy manager.

"I actually called him on the way back home, and he asked, 'Are you calling to say that you are interested or that you want to commit?' " Maxwell detailed. "I said, 'Oh, I am committing.' He said, 'Oh, that's great!' He was really excited."

A 2014 graduate, Maxwell believes he still has a lot of work to do. Through just a few days working at the Seminoles' camp, progress can already be measured.

"I am really aggressive," he said of his style. "I still have a lot of room to improve on some defensive work like blocking and stuff. I learned a lot from that camp such as framing the ball. Once they told me to frame and taught me how to do that, I started getting so many more calls. I have a lot more to improve on, but it is good that the camp helped me a lot."

Stanford, South Carolina and other in-state schools showed interest in Maxwell early on, but Florida State was his only offer at the time of his commitment.