Last week, Boca Raton (FL) West Boca Raton High School offensive lineman A.J. Ganguzza received an offer from Florida State that he immediately accepted. After deciding to become a Seminole, he took his final official visit to FSU this past weekend.
"It was great," Ganguzza said of the visit. "The best thing about it was all of the players and all of the coaches. They really take care of you on the trips."
The two-star lineman was hosted by defensive end D.J. Norris and offensive lineman Tyler Graves. He also got to spend some time with fellow recruits such as offensive lineman Jatavious Jackson as well as Bernard Brinson and Jay Culpepper (walk-on long-snapper) from Madison County.
When Ganguzza wasn't hanging out with his fellow recruits or current FSU players, he was getting to know the football program and the university.
"Saturday was just jam packed full," Ganguzza said. "On Saturday they showed us a tour of the facilities which were excellent. We also met with the academic advisors and all of that. Then I sat down with Coach Trickett and got to meet with him one-on-one which was great. Then we went out to dinner. We did dessert at Coach Bowden's home which was great. On Sunday they showed me the dorms and then I got to sit down with Coach Bowden."
Most of his free time though was spent talking with Graves. The freshman offensive lineman told him that things changed after new offensive line coach Rick Trickett was hired. Ganguzza got to see what coach Trickett expects of him first hand.
"I spoke to Coach Trickett for a while," he said. "We talked about everything. We watched a lot of film and he showed me the kind of stuff that we are going to be doing. We talked about how he sees my career turning out. He also told me what he expects of me."
"You never know what to expect from him. He is spontaneous. He is always teaching. He is just trying to get the type of kids that he is used to coaching. Tough kids, those are the type of kids that he wants. He shows you what he wants to be doing when you are watching the video."
The 6-foot-3, 265-pound center has two sisters who have attended Florida State so the transition to college life should be a bit easier. In fact, if it were up to him, he would be already be moved in and on campus.
"I just want to get started," Ganguzza said. "I want to get started playing football for Florida State. This is a dream of mine and I just want to start living it."
Ganguzza will sign his letter-of-intent on Wednesday morning at his school.
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