Florida State has made a concerted effort to beef up the offensive line…
That continues with the class of 2023. Four-star offensive lineman Rod Kearney made his way to Tallahassee for an unofficial visit on Saturday, January 15th
Playing out of Orange Park, FL, Kearney is listed at 6-foot-4, weighing 290 pounds. He is currently ranked 309th overall in the class of 2023 according to the 247Sports Composite.
“It was awesome,” responded Kearney when asked about the visit. “The coaches showed me a lot, so I had a good time. It was just the energy that they gave off. I liked the way they greeted me. They all greeted me with respect. I liked the way the coaches kept it real with me.”
Relationship with Coach Atkins
During his visit, Kearney had the opportunity to spend quality time in person with his primary recruiter, offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Alex Atkins.
“Me and Coach Atkins have a great relationship,” said Kearney. “There’s not a lot of coaches out there that will tell you 100%, and he gives you that.”
“He isn’t going to tell you what you want to hear, he will tell you what you need to hear,” continued Kearney. “He told me that you need to be told that you’re not that good, and if you’re not that good then there’s work you need to do to get better and better. He taught me a lot, so I go out there every day and put that 100% in.”
Atkins does not see Kearney at any one position along the offensive line. Whether they prefer him at tackle or the interior of the line will depend on how he grows physically this year.
Where does FSU stand for Kearney?
“As of right now, they are No. 1 on my list.”
Kearney intends to unofficially visit Central Florida on the 29th, and trip to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, and others during the spring. He plans to utilize his official visits in the summer. Kearney also said he will surely visit Florida State again.