FSU adds three to recruiting staff

Florida State has finalized its new leadership structure for its football recruiting operations, head coach Mike Norvell announced Thursday.

Chuck Cantor is the Seminoles’ new director of player personnel, Adam Van Clay is FSU’s assistant director of recruiting operations and Kyle Pulek is the program’s new director of creative media. The trio joins director of high school relations Carlos Locklyn and director of on-campus recruiting Charity Grady.

“I’m fired up about this group of leaders we have brought together to coordinate our recruiting operations here at Florida State,” coach Mike Norvell said. “With Chuck, Adam and Kyle alongside Carlos and Charity we have established an incredible set of talented people who are passionate about helping Florida State succeed and understand the type of student-athlete we are going to bring into our program. Recruiting is a vital piece of any program, and this group is working tirelessly to ensure our future is bright.”

Cantor earned three degrees from Florida State, completing bachelor’s degrees in social science education and sport management before earning a master’s in sport management. He began his career as a student manager and became a graduate assistant in the recruiting office. He then worked in recruiting at Rutgers and Georgia and was the coordinator of external operations and on-campus recruiting coordinator at Temple. Cantor spent four years as Virginia Tech’s director of player personnel before taking the same role at Florida for the 2018 season. He spent 2019 in player personnel at FIU.

Van Clay returns to Tallahassee after spending the last two seasons as a recruiting assistant at Clemson. There, he collaborated with the defensive staff on evaluations and organization of recruits while also coordinating official and unofficial visits. Prior to that, he spent four years in various roles assisting Florida State’s football recruiting department. He also has experience in corporate sponsorships with IMG College Wake Forest and the Minnesota Twins and worked as a statistics analyst at Sportsdata LLC. Van Clay earned his master’s degree in sport management from Florida State and his bachelor’s degree in sport management from High Point University.

Pulek comes to FSU after two seasons as the football design coordinator at Nevada. In that role, he was responsible for creating content for social media, recruiting and internal design. Prior to that, Pulek was an assistant creative director for football at Coastal Carolina. He played football for four years at Trinity College in Connecticut and began his post-graduate career coaching outside linebackers at Union College. He then transitioned to football operations and offense quality control at Harvard, which led to his opportunity at Coastal Carolina.


  1. Jim Gladden Reply

    My question is ? will these 3 be able to recruit on the road and watch these HS. Prospects in person play their games and in practice ? coach Bowden always said never sign a player unless you have watched him in practice and playing in games. It is hard to evaluate Heart on paper and or film.

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