FSU football has continued to acquire talented prospects in the 2025 recruiting cycle. We at ChopChat conducted a Q&A with Class of 2025 four-star offensive lineman Mario Nash Jr. from Kemper County High School in De Kalb (MS), who recently visited the Seminoles for their Junior Day event.
Q: What was it like visiting Florida State during their Junior Day visit?
A: "It was great! I got a chance to watch "Tour of Duty" where all of the early enrollees along with transfers did mat drills for the first time. I gained a lot of information about the system and how I would be a great fit there."
Q: When it comes to your recruitment, does proximity to home mean a lot to you when picking the school of your choice?
A: "Not really! My parents are working with me to find the best possible choice for me to further my career."
Q: What was it like receiving an offer from Florida State?
A: "It was a dream come true. Having an invitation to play college football is what I've dreamed about as a kid, but FSU is a top-tier school. My dad is a big Florida Gator fan, but he has come around."
Q: How is your relationship with offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Alex Atkins? Do you have any connections with any other staff member?
A: "Me and Coach Atkins are solid. He has been 100 with me since day one. He has a lot of knowledge of the game and he will make me better. Coach Fertitta has been my guy too! We have a very close relationship. I also connected with Coach YAC (David Johnson). He has always encouraged me to enjoy the process and don't be ignorant of the games some guys play."
Q: Where does Florida State envision you on the offensive line?
A: "They have me playing all three positions. I could play center because of my athleticism and ability to learn and pick up the system. I could slide out to tackle also because I can play on an island. I have grown an inch since the spring and will be long enough to play any position."
Q: Do you have any plans to return to Tallahassee soon?
A: "Yes, I do plan to return sometime during the spring."
Q: With this visit finished, where does Florida State stand in your pecking order of schools?
A: "They are at the top of my list right now. I have a few more visits to make and I'm going to narrow things down sometime soon, hopefully before the summer."
We appreciate Mario for taking the time out of his day to answer our questions. Be sure to follow him on his Twitter account here.