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    Monday, January 29, 2007

    Noles Get Another Commitment

    6-foot-3, 265-pounder West Boca Raton High School offensive lineman A.J. Ganguzza has accepted an offer from FSU. Ganguzza had previously committed to FIU. This may be the sign of what will be happening in this year's recruiting class.

    FIU is hardly a premier school and it looks as if FSU may be having to offer scholarships to second tier recruits because FSU is unable to secure commitments from the top recruits. It may be that FSU's less than stellar performance in recent years is catching up with the Noles.

    Ganguzza had originally planned to visit Florida State a couple of weeks ago but changed his mind after a visit by new offensive line coach Rick Trickett failed to produce a scholarship offer.With no offer in hand,Ganguzza decided to cancel his trip to Tallahassee and opted to make a commitment to FIU.

    Evaluation:Ganguzza is a two-way player at the high school level but will project best on the offensive side of the ball at the college level as a guard. He displays good toughness in the trenches. He will need to add bulk to his frame to play at the college level along the line. He can deliver a pop as he gets into defenders. He does an adequate job of driving his legs. He does not get great push off the line in the run game. He does a solid job of stepping, getting position, and blocking down. He looks comfortable when asked to pull. Does a good job of getting down the line and making contact with defenders. He shows he can turn upfield and seal. He does a good job of getting up to the second level and making contact with moving targets. He is a solid pass blocker in the short area. He displays the ability to move his feet and mirror rushers. He needs to watch his pad level as he can get tall. He will need the extra bulk to help him hold his ground. Ganguzza comes across as a "fighter" who battle to try and get the job done.

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