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March 16, 2006

Georgia OL picks Noles over Dawgs & Tigers

Just yesterday, offensive tackle Antwane Greenlee said he was leaning to Georgia with Auburn his second school, while Florida State appeared to be a distant third. What a difference one day can make.

The 6-foot-6, 310 pound lineman attended FSU's Pro Day on Thursday and after seeing all the Seminole players headed to the NFL he made a surprise commitment.

"I enjoyed everything that I saw today," Greenlee told Rivals.com. "I got to meet some of the NFL scouts that were here and I toured the facilities and the dorm rooms. Everything I saw was real nice.

"I met a couple of players that are in the NFL right now. I met (Travis) Johnson, Michael Boulware and Javon Walker. In a way it (helped to make his decision). But if you're good enough, you can go to the NFL from anywhere."

The Columbus, Georgia native played tight end as a junior but will move back to offensive tackle as a senior. That's the position he will play at FSU if he follows up on his commitment and signs with the 'Noles next February. By the time he enrolls in 2007, starting tackle Mario Henderson will have graduated while FSU's other two top tackles, David Overmyer and Shannon Boatman, will be seniors. As a result, Greenlee admits the opportunity for early playing time played a role in his decision.

What also helped him pick the 'Noles is knowing he can play for the school he grew up cheering for and also play for a position coach he has established a good relationship with.

"I grew up an FSU fan so it definitely played a factor," he said. "Offensive line coach Mark McHale, I think he's a great guy. He showed me a lot of their plays and that I can come in and play right away."

With national signing day still over 10 months away and with his early offer sheet, you can bet other college coaches will continue to aggressively recruit the Hardaway standout. So the Seminole coaches and fans may have to sweat this one out for a while.

"I'm still going to continue to visit other places," Greenlee said, "but I'm pretty sure that FSU is the place for me. If it's not, then that remains to be seen."

In the classroom, Greenlee has a 2.8 GPA and scored an 800 on his SAT. He plans to re-take the test in April.


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