Hagerty offensive lineman Breht Joly has been working hard this offseason.
He’s trying to shed some extra weight off his 6-foot-3, 325-pound frame, trying to learn some new blocking techniques and hone some old ones, and most importantly, trying to gain enough attention to earn his first Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offer.
He finally got his offer.
After attending a camp at FIU this week in Miami, the Panthers’ staff saw enough in the veteran lineman to offer him a full-ride to the future, and Joly was elated.
“It’s a great feeling. I was as happy as can be,” Joly said.
Joly, who is headed into his third season as a starter at Hagerty, was extremely pleased with his camp performance, as was, obviously, the FIU staff.
“The coach said he liked the way I moved and said for my size I can move like a running back,” Joly said.
Joly was at FSU’s Jimbo Fisher Football Camp on Thursday and Friday, slugging away in the sweltering 90-degree heat, but still enjoying his time on the field, which he was sharing with first-year Hagerty coach Phil Ziglar, who works the Fisher camp every summer.
“I’m liking it. I’m learning a lot. It’s really different with their coaching style and the drills we’re doing,” Joly said. “The things we do at camp, Coach Ziglar brings to the school and we do the exact same stuff and run through it so it’s real easy. I know what we’re doing.”
With an FIU offer in his pocket, he can breathe a little easier, but he still knows there’s work to be done. Joly said he’d like to get his playing weight down to about 305 for his senior season.
“I’d like to work on my foot speed and drop some weight,” Joly said.
He also said he liked what he saw this week on the FIU campus.
“I’ve heard a lot that once you get your first offer, more will start coming in so I’m hoping that more will start rolling in,” Joly said. “I like FIU. It’s a nice campus and I like the coaches. They are very easy to talk to.”
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