Saturday marked the first scrimmage of the spring for Florida State's football team. It was also the first chance for Buford, Ga. OL Josh Cardiello to check out the 'Noles in action this year. A few months ago, he attended FSU's junior day and nearly committed. On this visit, FSU made a strong impression once again.
"I think some of the big highlights of this visit was getting to sit down with Coach Trickett and have a lot of one on one time," Cardiello said. "I also spend time with Coach Fisher and even Coach Vic Viloria the strength and conditioning coach."
So what were the conversations like with Fisher and Trickett?
"Coach Fisher talked in depth about how much they want and need me there. He just reiterated how I would fit in at FSU," he said.
"Coach Trickett focused more on just decision making and what things are important, but also how he can develop me as a player. He said he's not necessarily going to be out there to be my friend, but help me be the best player I can. I liked that a lot."
Cardiello also got a chance to spend some time talking with Cameron Erving, who switched from the defensive line to offense. But the most beneficial point of the trip appeared to happen when Cardiello watched Trickett coach up on the offensive line.
"FSU does some of the same blocking schemes we do at Buford. We do a lot of the zone blocking schemes the same way so that's a good thing," he said. "Coach Trickett is going to get after and he's not going to beat around the bush - he'll tell you straight up."
Even with a more experienced line, the talk coming into the season has been the dominating defense they return. However, after watching the offense in action, Cardiello says watch out for that Seminole offense.
"I think the defense is one of the best in the nation. But I thought today the offense looked very good against one of the best defenses in the nation," said Cardiello. "They did a good job at really spreading things out. I wasn't surprised since I knew the offense would come around. They looked good."
Although Cardiello left with a very good impression of FSU once again, he didn't make any kind of decision. In fact, the talented 6-foot-3, 280 pound says he plans on visiting Florida next weekend for their annual Orange and Blue spring game before possibly making a decision.
"I kind of go back and forth with it. I kind of have a good idea of where things are at right now. I know when I make the decision, it's going to be because I can see myself there, even if I didn't play football. I'll also look at the opportunity to win games and my relationships with the coaches and players."
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