It came down to two of the juggernauts of college football - Florida State and Ohio State - but in the end - just one day after FSU accepted a bid to play in the national title game, Chad Mavety decided to become a Seminole.
Just who is Mavety? Well, the 6-6, 320-pound OT - who plays ball for Garden City (N.Y.) Nassau Community College - is one of the top offensive lineman on the junior college level. 247Sports.com has him rated as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the 2014 JUCO class. They also have him rated as a four-star prospect.
He becomes the 24th commitment of Jimbo Fisher's 2014 recruiting class, which also makes him the fifth lineman in the group, too.
The Seminoles and Buckeyes may have been the top two teams after Mavety, but he was in high demand all throughout the country. Over 30 schools - all in need of OL help, apparently - recruited him; more than 25 of those schools - including Wisconsin, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Alabama - offered Mavety a scholarship.
So what separated the Noles from the rest of this extensive pack? According to Mavety, offensive line coach Rick Trickett really stuck out, as Mavety told WarChant.com: "He's that coach that is going to be a father type that you know is going to be there no matter what situation you go through. I remember when we were out to dinner and he made sure he brought the desserts back to the table for Josue Matias and the other lineman, so you can tell he looks after them from a personal standpoint like a father."
The aforementioned Matias - a junior who starts are guard for FSU - also had an impact on Mavety; he enjoyed spending time with him during Mavety's visits to Tallahassee, which included the Seminoles' beat-down of the Miami Hurricanes last month. It will be interesting to see if Cam Erving, who is the Noles' current starter at left tackle, departs early for the NFL.
If Erving heads for the pros, then a starting spot for Mavety - along side Matias - could open up immediately.
Mavety is also longtime friends with Sean Maguire - FSU's backup QB, which also played in the team's favor.
Here are some highlights of Mavety in action for Nassau Community College: