- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
With an offer list of four MAC programs and Kentucky, offensive tackle Alex Gall (Cincinnati/Moeller) was a little shocked when Florida State – the team that finished No. 2 in the ESPNU 2012 Class rankings – came with an offer.
“I was amazed, kind of surprising,” Gall said. “I didn’t know that I was going to get something that awesome.
"I hope to get down and visit. I know it’s a nationally known program and I’d like to check them our further to see if I can see myself there.”
Assistant Greg Hudson is recruiting Gall for the Seminoles. Gall said Hudson already has a planned worked out for when Gall might see the field in Tallahassee.
“They said I seem like a player that could take the field early, who has the size and strength and ability to come in and play young,” Gall said. “Not so much as a freshman, because as a freshman you figure out the system and basically redshirt and then earn some playing time your redshirt sophomore year so you have three years to play.”
Gall talked a little bit about the Seminoles to 2012 receiver Monty Madaris, who received a Florida State offer but signed with Michigan State. Gall said he will know more about the program when he visits, which could come in the next few weeks for spring practice.
Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan State and Ohio State have already hosted Gall for visits with the two most recent coming this past weekend when he went to Illinois and Michigan State for junior days.
“Michigan State was good. I learned a lot of stuff about how they do things up there and figured out where I stand on their scale and what their looking for and what I have to do to get an offer,” Gall said.
“[Illinois] I wanted to see what they’re doing with the new staff, how they’re rebuilding.”
The program Gall has seen the most is Kentucky, which was the first school to offer. Gall went there the weekend of Feb. 18 and has been there two times previously as well. Gall went for a football game and basketball game over the last few months.
“Kentucky was great,” he said. “I talked to [offensive line] coach [Mike] Summers the whole time, got to see everything he does. He told me the kid of system they’re running, what they’re doing.”
In all, Gall has offers from Florida State, Kentucky, Akron, Bowling Green, Ohio, Toledo and Western Kentucky.
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