Friday, June 14, 2013
Leaner OT Frith commits to Seminoles
By Corey Dowlar
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Ethan Frith (Summit, Miss./North Pike) showed up to Florida State with a point to prove. And a new physique to show off.
Previously weighing in at 336 pounds, the offensive tackle this time checked in at 292 pounds. In the end, it very well could have earned him a spot on the Seminoles roster, especially given he ended up committing later in the day.
"I just wanted to compete and show Coach Jimbo [Fisher]," he said. "Since the last time I came here, I have lost 25 or so pounds.
“I just felt like it is the right place for me,” Frith said. “I love it down here. I like all of the coaches. I like all of the people down here. I just felt like it was home for me and it is where I should be.”
Right after his workout at the camp, Frith indicated he wasn't sure where he was in regard to making a decision. It certainly didn't appear imminent.
But in talking things over, Frith got the feeling that it was the place for him.
“Coach Trickett, getting to working with him and talking to him,” Frith said. “Then getting a chance to sit down and talk with him.
“He is a great coach,” Frith said. “I’ve been around [tough coaches] all of my life, so it isn’t anything new. I am looking forward to it. I plan on going to the NFL and he is the one who can get me there.”
Head coach Jimbo Fisher was expectedly happy with the news that he had a new offensive tackle coming in.
“He was excited,” Frith said. “I don’t think he expected me to, but he was excited when I did.”
As for the weight loss, Frith is in a position to stay trim. He's established new eating habits that set him up for prolonged success.
"Eating healthier, no fried foods, no cokes or Mountain Dews," he said. "My 40-yard dash has gotten faster. I'm more agile."
Frith is the Seminoles' 12th commitment of the 2014 class.