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Florida State picked up a commitments from offensive tackles Chad Mavety and Brock Ruble last week. One week later, the Seminoles kept the momentum going with another JUCO offensive tackle commitment. This one came from Kareem Are of Fort Scott C.C. in Kansas.
Today is the first day midyear junior college football transfers can sign their National Letter of Intent and Are didn't waste any time.
"I signed with FSU this morning," he told Warchant.com via text message.
It's still up in the air exactly where the 6-foot-6, 300-pound monster lineman will end up at FSU. He can play center, guard or tackle. He's been connected at all three positions and that decision might not be made until he starts practice at FSU in the spring.
"Coach (Rick) Trickett likes my size and how quick my feet are and the fact I can play multiple positions at tackle or guard," Are told Warchant.com after his official visit. "They feel I can play either position, but there isn't a focus on one specific position."
One of the main reasons he picked FSU were the relationships he established with the coaching staff and players. The offer from Florida State was his first and it made him a priority early on. But his decision was more than just persistence by FSU's staff. Are said he felt the most comfortable with the players and staff when he visited officially during the Syracuse game in November.
"I was very impressed with the players, coaches, everything. I felt at home," he said during a November interview.
Are is expected to graduate in December and will have three years to play two. He is commitment No. 26 and the sixth offensive line to become part of FSU's 2014 class. He selected FSU over Ole Miss, Penn State and South Carolina.