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Pete DiNovo is typically a mild, humble football player, but you could hear it in his voice after competing at the U.S. Army combine last week:
He was good. He was really good.
"I was on fire,'' said DiNovo, a 2013 East Lake prospect who threw for 2,426 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.
He added, with a chuckle: "I don't know what got into what me. But I had a good time.
"I hate to say this…but I felt like I was absolutely the best quarterback out here. My footwork was down, every throw I made was on target. I couple of coaches told me they appreciated my work. I did some interviews, one with Fox Sports, so I felt like I must have done something right.''
But what DiNovo might remember the most was the food.
"It was ridiculous,'' he said. "The biggest ribs I ever had in my life.''
DiNovo, a right-hander who completed 68 percent of his passes in leading the Eagles to the region final, has shown well at a number of team camps, and has long been a target of FSU since developing a relationship with Jimbo Fisher following his freshman season.
He is still awaiting his first offer, but more performances like the one he described in San Antonio last week should make him, as expected, one of Tampa Bay's top quarterback prospects this offseason.
DiNovo competed against roughly 70 other quarterbacks. He was most pleased with his strength. He said he benched 185 pounds 24 times, the best he's ever done, and is shooting to hit 30 reps by the time spring football starts.
"With the huge guys coming at you, you have to be strong,'' he said. "That's definitely something I work real hard on.''
DiNovo, who is 6-2, 190 pounds, will be hitting a number of team camps in the offseason in hopes of attracting that initial offer.
He has plans to visit Florida State, USF, Central Florida, North Carolina, Purdue and Duke. DiNovo said FSU has told him it will make a decision on offering him by the summer.
There's an excellent chance, based on his previous history with the Seminoles, that DiNovo would verbally commit on the spot.