NCF On The Trail: rick trickett

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.
As far as Florida State is concerned, there are plenty of notable and recognizable names in the newly released ESPN 300.


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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.
Florida State has gone far from home for offensive linemen before.

Jacob Farhenkrug, a junior college prospect playing in North Dakota, was sought out by the Seminoles in the Class of 2011. He has started 16 games in his career and will provide depth in 2013 if he can overcome a shoulder injury.

Then there was Menelik Watson, a recent draft pick of the Oakland Raiders.

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Whether he realized it before, Bailey Granier (Galliano, La./South Lafourche) can be certain now -- he's got an offer from Florida State.

Late last week, offensive line coach Rick Trickett dropped by the school to check on the 6-foot-6, 350-pound tackle to make sure he knew they were interested.


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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.


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As teams continue to sort out their classes right before signing day, it isn't unusual to see runs made on individual prospects that hadn't previously received many offers.

Wilson Bell (Prichard, Ala./M.T. Blount), a UCF commitment, had his fair share. But in the span of a week, he picked up three from BCS conference schools.


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ORLANDO, Fla. -- It wasn't how ESPN 150 offensive guard Ira Denson (Madison, Fla./Madison County) wanted his senior season to end.

On Saturday afternoon, University School upended the Cowboys 24-17 in the state championship game. But the 6-foot-4, 317-pound Denson chose not to dwell in the immediate, citing a great team effort this season to get them at least this far.

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Saturday would have been the perfect opportunity for Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Catholic) to kill two birds with one stone.

USF hosted Florida State in an in-state battle at Raymond James Stadium, just around the corner from Martinez' house, with both programs having already offered. But it wasn't to be, as a high school obligation stood in the way.

"I couldn't make it," Martinez said. "We had a homecoming dance so I was tied up with that.

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