When December rolled around, Florida State had already assembled a talented class for 2014. Despite that fact, they still had a few big voids to fill. That list of needs may have been led by their desire for an instant impact offensive tackle. On Monday morning, they checked off another one when they landed the services of Garden City (N.Y.) Nassau C.C. four-star offensive tackle Chad Mavety.
"I have officially Committed to Florida State University," Mavety tweeted. "I just want to thank everyone who helped me through this process."
The 6-foot-5, 333-pound offensive tackle chose Florida State over Ohio State.
Florida State hosted Mavety for an official visit over the summer and he returned for an unofficial visit when the Seminoles faced Miami in November. Those two visits were crucial in Florida State locking up their top target in the junior college ranks.
During the official visit, he met with head coach Jimbo Fisher who made it clear to him their need for him to be prepared to play from the start.
“He talked to me about how I could make a big impact on this team and help them immediately,” Mavety said after his official visit. “He believes I can help them win some games. That was his biggest thing, just making sure I knew that I had an immediate opportunity there and that they wanted me and believe I can help them.”
Rick Trickett reinforced that need in his dealings with Mavety.
“He needs an offensive tackle. He holds me in high regards. He loves me as a player and as a person. That is one thing he said,” Mavety said over the summer. "He said that with what my game, all he has to do is tweak a few things and he believes I can be a top five (NFL) draft pick.
“What he did with Menelik Watson in just a few short months is unbelievable,” Mavety added. “I think he could do some incredible things with me.”
“Getting to see it on a game day,” Mavety said of the main difference between the two visits. “Seeing all of the fans and all of the love that the fans showed me, just being able to see what it is like to be a Seminole on a game day.”
He also spoke further with Fisher and Trickett, as well as other coaches, during that November visit. It was made clear to him that Florida State wanted his services above all others in the junior college ranks.
“They told me that they need me to come to Florida State,” Mavety said. “(Head) Coach (Jimbo) Fisher said that I am a huge piece towards a national title next year.”
Mavety has three years to play two. He is expected to enroll in the summer of 2014.
247Sports.com ranks Mavety as the No. 4 junior college prospect. He is considered the No. 2 offensive tackle from the junior college ranks.