Junior safety Trey Marshall (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) was one of several visitors in Tallahassee last weekend for the Wake Forest game. Taking in the 52-0 lopsided victory for the home team, the prospect enjoyed himself.
From the stands, Marshall keyed on the Seminoles defensive backs and liked the energy vibrating from defensive coordinator Mark Stoops' group.
"It was a good experience," said the 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect. "I was just looking at the defensive backs, mainly.
"Even though it was a blowout, the players were still going crazy and making big plays."
Florida State defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins is responsible for overseeing Marshall's recruitment for the Seminoles. And that is a good thing for them, because Marshall has an established rapport with the veteran assistant.
"He connects with his players," he said. "Everybody that talks to him likes him and he is a positive person."
Marshall won't miss the chance next weekend to return to Doak Campbell Stadium for the showdown between FSU and Clemson. It is the type of game he says he has "never" been able to experience in person.
"I am going to try to get there earlier so I can get on the tour or whatever before the game," he said. "I want to be able to see them get ready."
The Seminoles haven't really been tested yet this season with three demolition jobs in a row of Murray State, Savannah State and Wake Forest. So the opportunity to see how Florida State responds against a quality team such as Clemson is intriguing.
"I want to see how the players respond to playing elite teams," Marshall said.
Florida International, South Florida and Tennessee are the three offers for Marshall so far, but it won't stay that way. He might take a visit to Baton Rouge, La., to see LSU on Sept. 29 or go to Tampa to see USF on the same weekend.
Either way, Florida State has his interest. And Marshall wasted no time pointing out the Seminoles appealed to him straight away.
"Yeah, definitely," he said.