2014 wide receiver commitment C.J. Worton (Homestead, Fla./South Dade) had been looking forward to his trip to Florida State for the Clemson game for quite some time.
With all the build up, all the discussion and hoopla leading into the primetime game, it was a sure-fire bet to be a great atmosphere for fans, players and recruits on the sideline. And Worton knew it.
But as it would turn out, a minor injury to himself, and a more serious one to another commitment he planned on riding with, proved to be a significant enough setback to keep them from traveling.
"We were planning on leaving at 4 a.m. on Saturday. Me and Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Reef) were planning on leaving together and that Friday, I played against Jake. He ended up having an injury to his leg. He went to get it checked out. I ended up rolling my ankle, something minor, so we didn't want to push it. Everything just seemed like it wasn't going to happen."
Worton was admittedly caught off guard in the first half. Clemson came out aggressively throwing the entire playbook at the Seminoles' defense and notching three first-half scores.
What impressed the junior athlete the most was how FSU responded.
"That game was crazy," he said. "I was really surprised how Clemson came out passing the ball even though FSU has been pretty lockdown. They came out and really tried them. I liked to see how FSU really responded."
The second half was a different story.
After falling behind 28-14, Florida State rattled off four straight touchdown drives while keeping Clemson in check. Quarterback EJ Manuel directed traffic and posted a 300-yard passing game along with a 100-yard rushing game for the first time in school history since Charlie Ward in 1992.
Worton said he wouldn't mind playing in such a system in a few years.
"That offense was so amazing," said Worton. "I just hope they have another quarterback there that I will be able to play with. I am pretty sure EJ is a senior this year and is graduating. I know Clint Trickett is there and Jacob Coker and Jameis Winston. I hope they can pick up the offense because it can be a really explosive offense. The whole thing just clicks. It just seems how an offense should be run. It is really fun to watch."
Though disappointed not to have been there live and in color, Worton has been to Florida State before and likely will be back again at some point. But he did his best to watch the game with his friends and just enjoyed himself.
"The whole time watching the beginning of the game, it was just crazy," he said. "All my friends were over at the house telling me I should be there and stuff. I have been to FSU games before, so I know what it is like. It is pretty crazy."