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Monday, April 8, 2013
Watch List OL takes unofficial to FSU

By Corey Dowlar

Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, who faces the challenge of restocking depth this cycle, had one of his top offensive guard targets on campus last Tuesday.

Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic), who has been to Florida State before, spent the whole day seeing what the Seminoles' campus has to offer.

Corey Martinez
Corey Martinez enjoyed trips to Georgia and Florida State.
And the stuff that got his attention was primarily beyond the athletic facilities.

"We had a really good time," Martinez said. "I have seen the school many times. I got to take a tour again of the athletic facilities, but this time, what really stood out to me was [that] we had a chance to see more of the school part. I haven't really had a chance to see that before."

Because Florida State had scrimmaged just the day before, the coaches were in breakdown mode going over the positives and negatives of the session. Martinez was present during Trickett's meeting with the offensive linemen, and seeing how he teaches was one of the highlights of his time there.

"What also really stood out to me was the meetings with Coach Trickett," he said. "I got to sit in on that meeting with the offensive line because they had a scrimmage on Monday. He was in there critiquing their film and telling them what was right and what was wrong. Being in there and being able to see him coach up his kids, it was a good thing to see."

Trickett didn't let Martinez stray too far from his sight.

They spent a lot of time together talking about his future and, perhaps, one in Tallahassee. That was before having a one-on-one meeting with the head man himself, Jimbo Fisher.

"The entire time I was with him," Martinez said. "At the beginning, when I was touring, I was with the tour guides. When we got back, we had lunch and we were just talking the entire time. We also talked before and after the meetings and before going in to see Coach Fisher."

Approximately 24 hours before, Martinez was at Georgia visiting one of his other possible destinations. The Bulldogs, in fact, were the first school outside of Florida to get a visit from him.

"It was a real good visit," he said. "It was the first school that I've seen outside the state of Florida. Going out and seeing different schools is a good thing to do."

Both Florida State and Georgia improved their standing. So much so that they might be co-leaders for Martinez at this stage.

"It definitely put them higher on my list," he said. "They are both great schools and they are both at the top of my list right now, but I enjoyed both visits."