Emerging OT Kimo Makaneole talks FSU and recruiting

Niceville, FL offensive tackle Kimo Makaneole is an in-state recruit Florida State offensive line coach Alex Atkins has been in contact with recently. We caught up with Kimo to talk about the recruiting process and the growing relationship between him and the Seminoles.

The 2021 recruiting class will go down as one of the strangest due to the ongoing pandemic. With the inability to take visits, or the coaching staffs from all over the country unable to scout, some recruits have seen their recruitment affected by COVID-19. 6’4 ½”, 280-pound tackle Kimo Makaneole says his recruitment is off to a great start regardless of the pandemic.

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“So far the recruiting process is going well,” said Makaneole. “I’m not overwhelmed by it all which is good and I am enjoying it. It’s not going to last forever and I appreciate these coaches looking at me. I have 30 official offers now. The schools I am interested in that have offered me are Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, USF, Louisville, UCF, Arizona State, and Pittsburgh. FSU, Penn State, and N.C. State have been in touch and are in the evaluation process with me.”

Florida State identified Makaneole and the two have been in constant contact for the past couple weeks. Between Zoom calls and film breakdowns, Coach Atkins has been telling Kimo what FSU has to offer.

“I’m just being patient right now with them because I know the work they have to do when it comes to evaluating,” said Makaneole. “Over the past two weeks, we’ve had Zoom calls and some good chats. I am comfortable with them. It’s a slow process and they’ve been very open with the details. Coach Atkins has been helping me learn about the academics and the support they have at FSU. We went over my highlights and we talked about what could help me as a player. One thing I really like about Coach Atkins is that he told me that no matter where I go or who I pick he’ll always be there and help me with this process. He wants his players to be successful.”

While Kimo grew up in the panhandle he says he didn’t grow up a fan of any team, but rather a fan of college football in general. Being the local big-time college is something that Makaneole likes about FSU.

“I’m really interested in FSU because it is so close to home,” said Makaneole. I am Hawaiian-Somoan so family is very important in my culture. Being far away wouldn’t be easy. They’re two hours or so away. I like their academics, too. FSU has gotten better there. Being able to see my family is big for me. An offer from them would put them at the top of my list, up there with the other schools I am considering. It’s high-level college football and I believe the coaches there would help me be successful.”

While Kimo is entering his senior season he isn’t done maturing as a prospect. He’s a young senior, and he has the bloodlines to grow into a massive tackle prospect.

“Most of these schools are recruiting me as a right tackle which is what I’ve played all of my life,” said Makaneole. “I’m working on getting better as a player. I’m only 16 years old right now and I will graduate at 17. I’m 280 pounds right now and I’m working to get to 290. I don’t want to be over 300 because I want to keep my speed. I’m probably going to grow more, too. My grandpa was 6’8” and all of my uncles are 6’7” to 6’8” tall.”

Kimo says that he will make a decision after his senior year. He’s looking for the right mixture of growth both as a student and as a player. With a planned major in exercise science, Kimo holds academics in high regard.

Makaneole is set to have a Zoom call with Coach Norvell and his family later this week. Stay tuned as we continue to track his recruitment and upcoming senior season.

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