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<B>Geoff Berniard's</b> childhood dream was to play at LSU. And why not? He was born and raised in Louisiana and his older brother and sister attended LSU. Recruiting, however, can lead players down new and exciting paths. That's exactly what happened to the talented Berniard, who committed today to play at Florida State next season. "I actually committed on Saturday and I am glad that I made the right decision," Berniard told TheTerritory Monday. "I feel great."

As one might expect, Geoff Berniard is looking forward to arriving in Tallahassee this summer to begin preparations for the upcoming football season.

Berniard, who celebrated the news with a party at school Monday afternoon, said the opportunity to meet current FSU offensive linemen Ray Willis, David Castillo, Mario Henderson, Matt Meinrod, Alex Barron and tight end Matt Henshaw was one highlight of his visit to FSU over the weekend.

"They are a great group of guys. I really felt like part of the group and it's aslo a great group to follow," Berniard said.

Berniard also was impressed by fellow FSU recruit and commitment, quarterback Drew Weatherford of Land O' Lakes. Berniard said he knew when chatting with FSU coach Bobby Bowden on Saturday that FSU was "the place for me. The right fit."

Berniard's high-school coach Jim Hightower confirmed Berniard's commitment to FSU earlier Monday.


"He officially committed to Florida State over the weekend," St. More Head Football Coach Jim Hightower said. "I don't think there's any kind of scheduled announcement at school today."

What are the Noles getting in Berniard?

"He's a steady person and he's a leader," Hightower said. "Kids follow his example. He's got a chance to be a dominate player because of his good feet and athletic ability. He's a very hard-worker.

Berniard, a 6-foot-8, 310-pounder, is the fourth offensive lineman to select the Seminoles. Berniard, who is earmarked for tackle, joins Cornelius Lewis of Jacksonville Raines, Jacky Claude of Miami Edison and Courtney Abbott of Atlanta Westlake.

The Seminoles remain hopeful Tallahassee Lincoln offensive tackle standout Calvin Darity opts for the Seminoles as well. Darity visited Tennessee over the weekend and will end his recruiting trek at FSU this weekend.

National Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Add the group to last year's contingent, which featured lettermen John Frady and Mario Henderson in addition to redshirt freshman David Overmyer, it would appear FSU has a solid, young foundation to build on.

Berniard selected the Seminoles over South Carolina. He also received scholarship offers from a number of major programs, including Southeastern Conferece members Mississippi, Mississippi State and Tennessee, in addition to Tulane.

When it became apparent LSU had selected to look elsewhere, Berniard concentrated on the opportunities at hand. Berniard earned a reputation for being an aggressive player on the field. He's noted for his quick feet and quick thinking, and probably is a better pass-blocker at this point.

Berniard's announcement continues a hot streak for the Seminoles, who received Sunday commitments from quarterback Xavier Lee of Daytona Beach Seabreeze and highly-touted receiver Kenny O'Neal of Oakland Skyline, Calif.

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