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Florida State coaches continue to add talent and valuable depth at the offensive tackle position. Earlier this week, they received a pledge from Garden City (N.Y.) Nassau C.C. four-star offensive tackle Chad Mavety. On Friday, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic three-star Brock Ruble also pledged his services.

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The 6-foot-8, 315-pound offensive tackle chose Florida State over Maryland and N.C. State.

His primary recruiter for the Seminoles was defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri. Offensive line coach Rick Trickett was also heavily involved. The relationship he built with both of those coaches was crucial to the Seminoles landing his services.

“On the visit I dealt more with (offensive line) Coach (Rick) Trickett but during my recruitment (defensive ends) Coach Sal (Sunseri) has my area so I usually talk to him more often,” Ruble said after his official visit.

“He is a great dude,” Ruble said of Sunseri. “He is a great guy. He loves what he does and he has fun doing it. He is honestly a great coach. He is a defensive line coach so I never talk to him about schemes or anything, but he just seems like he works really hard. The defensive line is pretty good over there so he is definitely doing something right.

“I have just built a pretty good relationship with him,” Ruble added.

During that visit, Ruble also got a better feel for offensive line coach Rick Trickett.

“The one-on-one time I talked with him, most of it was just about the way the depth chart is working with a lot of seniors, a lot of older guys on their offensive line, and the possibility that some of those juniors on the line right now, if they keep playing the way they are playing at the high level they are playing at, that they could maybe even leave a year early, so it is important for their offensive line that they get some guys in there,” Ruble said of Trickett after his official. “He feels I fit his system really well. Of course with hard work and everything that you need to be a successful football player, that I could end up impacting the team very quickly.”

“He also asked me if I enjoyed the game and all of the other regular conversation you would have,” Ruble added.

The potential of getting on the field early was also appealing and a major selling point for the Seminoles.

“Of course,” Ruble said of possible early playing time being important. “I would say outside of a school having the major I want to pursue and having a good program in it, that early playing time was a pretty big factor. Not technically as a freshman, I don’t have to start right away, but the opportunity to fight for playing time in the early part of my college years was important. They wanted to make sure they reiterated that on the visit and they did.”

Ruble wants to major in Sports Broadcasting. ranks Ruble as the No. 34 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 10 prospect from Maryland.

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