TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It wasn't the first time something like this happened.
Flash back to the summer of 2010 during Jimbo Fisher Camp. An unknown, and undersized, offensive lineman named Sterling Lovelady out of Pensacola, Fla. took his spot in line for board drills.
He didn't stick out, no; there were several other players who looked more impressive at first glance. But all he did was win and display a mean streak that offensive line coach Rick Trickett can't get enough of.
Lovelady earned a scholarship as a member of the Seminoles' 2011 recruiting class.
Ryan Hoefeld (New Orleans, La./Brother Martin) is on much the same track. Two years after Lovelady earned his offer, Hoefeld followed suit.
The 6-foot-3, 265-pound interior lineman returned to camp for the second session in July. This time, he took it easy watching his future position coach bark out orders just like he did the month before.
"He is still messing around with me a little bit, he's still the same ol' Trickett," said Hoefeld. "Just watching the drills, though, it makes me want to get involved. He's still the same guy."
Sure, Hoefeld wanted to get in the thick of things and compete. That is just his nature. That is why FSU liked him so much.
Taking it easy, though, wasn't so bad.
"Just being committed and everything, it just feels like a relief," Hoefeld said of being around the camp setting with his future set. "I actually feel like I am a part of it now. I've just got to come out and hang around and get to know everybody."
Hoefeld made the most of his time talking with other prospects, committed and uncommitted, out on the Al Dunlap practice fields.
He talked to targets such as offensive guard Austin Droogsma (Gulf Breeze, Fla./Gulf Breeze). But none of these things was the highlight of his seven-hour trip.
Coach Jimbo Fisher has gone after some of the best prospects in the country year in and year out during his tenure. Hoefeld, the three-star, doesn't fall into that category according to recruiting services.
The third-year Seminoles coach made him feel like he was.
"I talked to him quite a bit, actually," Hoefeld described. "When I sat down with him, he made sure I knew that they wanted me. He said, 'I want you to know you are up there at the top of our lists with the other five-stars. We're really tickled about you.' So that was kind of funny. He talked to my mom and dad a lot, too.
"It feels really good. This is a big-time program. Yeah, it feels good to hear that."
And no one can really blame him for that.