NoleDigest Take: Nick O'Leary

Nick O'Leary

Florida State stayed on a roll recruiting wise on Saturday morning when Dwyer's Nick O'Leary became verbal commitment no. 23 for the 2011 class. The four-star TE will be a game changer in Tallahassee, here is NoleDigest's take on the huge news.

Nick O'Leary

School: Palm Beach Gardens (Dwyer)

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 235

Position: Tight End

Offers: Everyone in country

Evaluation: It does not take long to see that O'Leary will be a difference maker at the next level. His best quality is also the one that is severely lacking in many prospects-- he is a fighter and a competitor. Whether we were watching him in the state title game as a junior, at the elite 7on7 in Tampa, or any other camps/combines O'Leary has always shined as one of the best players on the field.


O'Leary has dominated at every stop along the recruiting trail
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

He began to get noticed as a sophomore at Dwyer when it was clear that he was the superior TE to Gerald Christian. Christian was a year older and a national recruit, but it was always O'Leary who really showed the refinement and next level skills to be a difference maker. He did not rest on his laurels, instead he chose to continue working hard and getting better.

O'Leary was Jacoby Brisset's go to receiver the past two years where he showed that he simply can't be covered. He will use his size on the DBs and will just run past LBs. When the ball is in the air, few go get it as well as O'Leary. He is clearly the top TE in the state and we have a hard time seeing anyone better in the country.

For Florida State

This is the TE that the Noles have been waiting for. FSU does not have a rich tradition in Tight End's, but that is mainly because they do not land talent like O'Leary often. The closest recent example was Brandon Warren who ended up transfering back home to Tennessee.

One thing is clear, FSU did not recruit Nick hard for well over a year to not use him in the offense. He will be a huge piece of the offense going forward because he will force himself to be. There is no choice here, O'Leary is a go-to play-maker and should bring another facet to Coach Fisher's offense that has been missing.

As a receiver he has no problem getting separation and will fight for the ball when it is in the air. VERY physical, he is tough as nails and will play through pain. O'Leary has as strong of case as anyone to be the top prospect in Florida this year and is yet another piece that FSU has added in this stellar 2011 class.

Junior Bo Reliford was academically ineligible for the bowl game putting his future up in the air. Fellow junior Ja'Baris Little has made little impact thus far. A pair of freshmen redshirted last year--Willie Tye and Tank Sessions. O'Leary figures to press for early playing time at FSU.

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