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With addition of Woody, FSU goes into season with 18 offensive linemen

Antavious Woody announced on social media over the weekend that he was set to arrive on Florida State’s campus. The three-star prospect from Lafayette (Ala.) High gives the Seminoles 18 offensive linemen for the start of preseason camp in late July.

Woody has cleared up his academic status and is set to join the team for offseason workouts and take classes through FSU’s summer bridge program, two sources told the Osceola on Monday morning. Later Monday afternoon, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound Woody was officially announced by FSU.

“We are excited about the addition of Antavious Woody,” FSU coach Mike Norvell said. “He is an elite athlete with tremendous versatility. Antavious worked extremely hard, both on and off the field, to put himself in this position, and we are glad to have him as part of the Nole Family.”

A four-star offensive lineman in high school, Woody also found success in various sports. Woody competed in baseball, basketball and in track and field. He finished second in the discus, shot put and javelin at the 2022 2A state championship to help lead Bulldogs to a state title.

He joins a highly regarded group of incoming freshman on the offensive line, including Julian Armella, Jaylen Early, Qae’shon Sapp, Daughtry Richardson and Kanaya Charlton. Richardson and Charlton enolled early to get a jump on their college careers.

Woody will likely begin his FSU career as a guard, where he can learn from a pair of veteran transfers like Dillan Gibbons and D’Mitri Emmanuel. That should help him prepare to fight for a starting job in 2023.

Offensive line coach Alex Atkins has used recent recruiting classes as well as the transfer portal to build the group. In addition to the 2022 high school signees, he also landed Kayden Lyles (Wisconsin), Bless Harris (Lamar) and Emmanuel (Charlotte). 

FSU is also building more depth along the line. The Seminoles began the 2021 season with just 14 scholarship offensive linemen.