NCF On The Trail: Alec Eberle

Top position classes: OL 

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With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at the top position classes. For the full series, click here.

Nationally (and SEC)
Not only did Alabama put together the best offensive line class in the 2014 cycle, but it's also one of the best in recent memory. The Crimson Tide inked early enrollee and five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe) and also got top-ranked junior college offensive tackle Dominick Jackson (San Mateo, Calif./College of San Mateo). On the interior, the nation's top two centers, No. 168 overall Josh Casher (Mobile, Ala./Saint Paul’s Episcopal) and No. 190 J.C. Hassenauer (Woodbury, Minn./East Ridge) signed, as did No. 3 guard Ross Pierschbacher (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls). A second guard in the class is three-star Montel McBride (Plant City, Fla./Plant City), who could also play nose tackle at the next level.

The Crimson Tide had the nation’s best offensive line class; here’s which schools had the best in each of the remaining power conferences:

Having watched Florida State rally from 18 points down to defeat Auburn, 34-31, in one of the best BCS National Championship games, the Noles’ 2014 recruiting contingent is eager to help defend the title next season.

Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.Y./Nassau C.C.), the No. 8 junior college player nationally, might be the most developed 2014 recruit and has the best chance to start in his first year in Tallahassee. The four-star offensive tackle could be Jameis Winston’s blindside protector in 2014 if Cameron Erving declares for the 2014 NFL draft.

Mavety is ready if called upon.

“I can’t wait,” Mavety said minutes after FSU’s win. “[Monday’s] game showed how Florida State is a true family and stick by each other no matter what. [I'm] blessed to have the opportunity to help contribute to another [national title] next year.”

One player who is graduating is center Bryan Stork, which means three-star interior lineman Alec Eberle (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) might be asked to play early alongside Mavety.

“I can’t wait to get down there and officially be a part of a national championship team,” he said. “The game was great, I always knew they’d pull it out.”



While nearly all of the Noles’ 2014 commitments watched from afar in the comforts of home, the potential heir to Winston traveled 3,000 miles to Pasadena to cheer -- and celebrate -- with future teammates. Quarterback commit J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic), the No. 10 pocket passer in the ESPN 300, was at the Rose Bowl to experience the Noles’ championship in person.



Three-star tight end Ryan Izzo (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) was glad to see his future coaches and quarterback hold up the crystal football.

“Just so happy for Coach Brew and Coach Fisher plus Jameis with all the stuff he went through, great to see him on top,” Izzo said. “One of the best games I’ve ever seen. I’m proud to be a part of Nole Nation.”

Florida State has 29 commitments in 2014 but plans to sign more than 30, and the championship has already altered some perceptions of uncommitted FSU targets. Malik McDowell (Southfield, Mich./Southfield), No. 68 in the ESPN 300, took to Twitter to express his excitement following Kelvin Benjamin's go-ahead score.



Four-star offensive lineman Frank Ragnow (Victoria, Minn./Chanhassen) officially visited the Seminoles in December, and he said Florida State will be in contention for his signature until the end of his recruitment.

“Unreal game, fun to watch and pretty humbling knowing the No. 1 team in the country, the national champions want you to play football for them,” Ragnow said. “They’re a great young team with a lot of young guys and a good recruiting class coming in. It’s exactly why they’re one of my top schools.”

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UA Game jersey tour: Alec Eberle

November, 16, 2013
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Senior offensive guard Alec Eberle (Mechanicsville, Va./Altee) was presented his honorary game jersey Friday at his school during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. The event was part of a three-month selection tour.

Eberle, a Florida State commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Game, a nationally televised game featuring the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

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Courtesy of IntersportOffensive guard Alec Eberle committed to Florida State in May.
“I would just like to take this time to thank everybody that has helped me along the way,” Eberle said. “I’m extremely honored to be playing in this prestigious game. I would like to thank all of the coaches that helped me from little league, middle school, high school: everybody. Especially my parents, who have helped me along the way. They’ve done so much for me. They have taken me all over the country. My team, especially, has been a great support system for me. This game, I just don’t want to do this to honor myself and my family. This is for y’all. This is for Mechanicsville and Hanover County because I will always remember where I came from.”

Altee coach Roscoe Johnson points to Eberle’s motor and work ethic as reasons for his success.

“Alec is a special kid. It’s his work ethic. He’s that kid that when you see him out on the field, he is always going 100 miles per hour. His motor is constantly running, and he is just mean when he is out on that field. But yet, he’s also that gentile giant who loves his teammates. He treats them like his brothers. And you can tell he wants to win … he loves to win.”

For the 6-foot-4, 271-pound Eberle, the UA game is the chance to test himself against the best competition possible.

“I decided to accept the invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game because there really isn't a much better choice I can make. I waited and waited for an invitation to this game, and as soon as I found out I had been invited, I committed right away. The biggest thing I'm looking forward to is competing with the best, lining up next to the best, and just being able to show what I can do against the best players in the country because this is 90 of the best guys in the country. You can’t get much better competition than this. I'm extremely excited to get down to Florida and play. It will give me a taste of what it will be like at Florida State next year and the years to come after that.

"I'm definitely looking forward to it.”

The 6-foot-4, 271-pound Eberle is a three-star prospect and the No. 27 guard in the class. He committed to Florida State over offers from Maryland, Connecticut and others.

ACC recruiting mailbag 

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ACC recruiting reporters Corey Dowlar and Jared Shanker took time Friday to answer questions in their weekly mailbag. You can send questions to them on Twitter with the #AskACC hashtag and mentioning @cdowlar and @JShankerESPN. Or reach them via email at cdowlar@gmail.com and JShankerESPN@gmail.com.

@fsurock38: How is FSU's offensive line recruiting going? Why does this always seem to be an issue every couple of years for Coach Trickett?
Corey Dowlar: Right now, it's adequate. They've got a couple of offensive linemen on board now, most notably four-star guard Corey Martinez. Ethan Frith, a three-star offensive tackle, is a good-looking prospect. He performed well at camp and proved he belongs in Florida State’s class. Finally, Alec Eberle is a tough interior offensive lineman who probably will end up at center. What FSU needs, and what I think they will get (as of now anyway), is a big-time offensive tackle. Four-star Roderick Johnson is said to be favoring the Seminoles and would be just what the doctor ordered.

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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Four-star offensive guard Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) played coy this week at The Opening, claiming that six schools were still on the final list of schools that he would decide from. But if you talked to the other players at the event, they all agreed that one school stood out over the others for Martinez.

That school was Florida State.

And Florida State was school he announced for Wednesday at The Opening.

“It's a great school,” said Martinez, who is ranked as the No. 274 player overall in the ESPN 300, earlier this week.

“You can't say anything bad about them. With all the recruiting classes they are bringing in, they are definitely getting up there near the top. Coach [Rick] Trickett and I have a great relationship. We've bonded over the years and the times that I've been over there. Our relationship is really good. Not a lot of kids like Coach Trickett's coaching style, but I don't mind it. It's something that appeals to me.”

What is also appealing is the offensive class that Florida State is building. After landing a commitment earlier today from defensive back Trey Marshall, the Noles have 17 commitments. Many of those pledges are slated to help reload an offensive line that could use more depth.

Martinez is the third quality offensive lineman to join the FSU class, but is also the highest-ranked prospect to join the group. Combined with three-star offensive guard Alec Eberle (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) and three-star offensive tackle Ethan Frith (Summit, Miss./North Pike), the Noles now have about as solid of a foundation as they can with their offensive line class.

But the Noles hope they aren't done on the offensive line.

FSU is in good shape with highly regarded offensive tackles Roderick Johnson (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central) and Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) and is still fighting to make up ground for tackle David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School). If the Noles can land even one, but possibly pull in two of the three, then it could go down as one of the nation’s best offensive line classes.

Weekly Commitment Roundup

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ACC
Florida State
Alec Eberle | OG |Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee
HT: 6-4 WT: 271
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

N.C. State
Michael Till |TE-Y |Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise
HT: 6-5 WT: 260
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

North Carolina
Brandon Fritts |TE-H |Mentor, Ohio/Mentor
HT: 6-4 WT: 210
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pittsburgh
Connor Hayes |OG |Traverse City, Mich./West
HT: 6-4 WT: 270
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Virginia Tech
Travon McMillian |ATH |Woodbridge, Va./Hylton
HT: 5-11 WT: 186
Position Rank: #41 ATH
Stars: 4

Big 12
Baylor
Josh Pelzel |OT |Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale
HT: 6-7 WT: 334
Position Rank: #31 OT
Stars: 3

Chad President |ATH |Temple, Texas/Temple
HT: 6-3 WT: 195
Class of 2015

Kansas State
Sam Sizelove | OLB | Argyle, Texas/Argyle
HT: 6-2 WT: 229
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Texas Tech
Derrick Neal | ATH | Dallas/Lincoln
HT: 5-10 WT: 155
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big East
Rutgers
Peter Mokwuah | DT | Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph By The Sea
HT: 6-4 WT: 304
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Illinois
Chayce Crouch | QB-PP | Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic
HT: 6-4 WT: 215
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Michigan
Juwann Bushell-Beatty | OT | Paramus, N.J./Catholic
HT: 6-7 WT: 330
Position Rank: #10 OT
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (120)
Under Armour All-American

Minnesota
Dimonic McKinzy | ATH | Kansas City, Kan./Wyandotte
HT: 6-0 WT: 215
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Steven Richardson | DT | Chicago/Mount Carmel
HT: 5-11 WT: 280
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac-12
Arizona State
Avery Anderson | ATH | Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek
HT: 6-0 WT: 166
Class of 2015

Oregon
Morgan Mahalak | QB-PP | Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Stanford
Christian McCaffrey | ATH | Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian
HT: 6-0 WT: 195
Position Rank: #34 ATH
Stars: 4

USC
Michael Wyche | DT | Monterey Park, Calif./East Los Angeles College
HT: 6-4 WT: 325
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington State
Marcus Griffin | DT | Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue
HT: 6-3 WT: 285
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Georgia
Sony Michel | RB | Plantation, Fla./American Heritage
HT: 5-11 WT: 194
Position Rank: #2 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (16)

Kentucky
Tymere Dubose | DT | Youngstown, Ohio/Youngstown Christian
HT: 6-5 WT: 245
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Darryl Long | TE-Y | Westerville, Ohio/Westerville
HT: 6-5 WT: 217
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Missouri
Thomas Richard | WR | Nashville, Tenn./Chris Presbyterian
HT: 6-0 WT: 181
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Carolina
Kalan Ritchie |TE-Y |Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek
HT: 6-6 WT: 226
Position Rank: #10 TE-Y
Stars: 3

Tennessee
Orlando Brown Jr. |OT |Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge
HT: 6-8 WT: 348
Position Rank: #25 OT
Stars: 3

Kameel Jackson |WR |Arlington, Texas/Blinn College
HT: 6-0 WT: 200
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Vanderbilt
Mikale Wilbon |RB |Chicago/De La Salle
HT: 5-9 WT: 186
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Independents / Misc.
Boise State
Greg Gaines |DT |La Habra, Calif./La Habra
HT: 6-1 WT: 297
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Notre Dame
Elijah Hood |RB |Charlotte, N.C./Catholic
HT: 6-0 WT: 220
Position Rank: #8 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (49)

Quenton Nelson |OG |Red Bank, N.J./Catholic
HT: 6-5 WT: 289
Position Rank: #19 OG
Stars: 4

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