Bo knows opportunity is knocking at FSU

Bo knows opportunity is knocking at FSU

Bo Reliford was a late addition to the 2008 class for Florida State. Throughout his process several top programs showed interest in the talented TE prospect, but they had to wait on Reliford's test scores to improve. Once that happened the Seminoles jumped in, landing another recruit at a position of need. NoleDigest spoke to Bo about his decision and about when fans can expect him in Tallahassee.

Bo Reliford is a guy who flew under the recruiting radar for most of 2008 because schools were waiting to see if he was going to make the qualifying test score to become eligible. Once he achieved the necessary ACT score, schools made a late rush for him. Reliford's huge frame and soft hands cause a match-up problem for secondaries, and that is something the Seminoles need from the tight end position. Once the offer came through from Florida State, Bo jumped right on it.

"I've always liked Florida State and I always wanted to go there. Once they started recruiting me I knew they'd be one of the top schools I'd be choosing from. I waited kind of late to take the ACT so schools were waiting on that. My GPA was always good but I had to wait for my test scores. Once I got it and FSU offered I made the decision to go there."

Bo Reliford has a great frame as he currently is 6'8" and 230 pounds. He says talks with Florida State Coaches Jimbo Fisher and James Coley helped make the decision easier as he's intrigued by what the program has to offer him.

"Coach Jimbo Fisher recruited me. He came down to see me and my coach and told me to think about an offer from them. I called him after that and we talked about the need for another tight end and about the chance to play as a freshman. He told me about his history at LSU and Auburn, and that really interested me. He said he's looking to use the tight end more so I liked that."

Reliford used to be a basketball player before turning his attention to football. He feels that playing basketball helped his footwork and his ability to jump over people. He feels his tools will allow him to come in and make an immediate impact in FSU's downfield passing game.

"I just got done playing basketball. We won states. I think being a basketball player helped me with my footwork and with being a guy who can jump. I don't think anyone can out jump me. I'm coming in as a tight end/receiver and I want to do as much as possible to help my team win. I think I can be a downfield threat and a red-zone guy. I want to be a player that helps keep his teammates up and going. There is talent at FSU, now we just have to keep that intensity up and compete. I hate to lose and I am going to do anything I possibly can to win."

Reliford has ties to Florida State as a lot of his family members attended the university. He says he's been there several times and knows about the campus and the school itself. With his report date coming he told NoleDigest that he is ready to go.

"I am going to be there Wednesday or Thursday. I am ready to go. When the offer came in I was ready to report. I didn't take recruiting trips there but I have a lot of cousins that went there so I know a lot about the school. I know what to expect so I am excited."

During Bo's senior season his school's weightroom facility was under construction, so his ability to hit the weights hard was limited. He says he plans on adding some weight this summer as he prepares to see the field early in his Seminole career.

"I have the frame to put more weight on. I am defiantly trying to get bigger. This past year the weightroom at my school was under construction so I had to depend on a lot of push-ups and stuff like that. I want to get to around 250; that is my goal. This summer I am going to try to get better and get ready for the college level. I want to get used to the program and become a contributor early. I'm ready to get it going. I'm not going to let the fans down. I am going to make big plays and help this team win."

Other Random Facts on Reliford

He is rooming with Evan Bellamy.

He too wants #15.

Bo came close to going to South Carolina, and Miami was a school he strongly considered.

He said Florida State had been in touch with him throughout his process.

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