TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State could not afford a slip on up on Saturday night if the national title hopes surrounding the program were to stay intact. And while recruiting is a different animal, beating their in-state rival at home in front of so many visitors was of extreme importance if the Seminoles would like to have a shot at the No. 1 overall recruiting class.
After their 41-14 win over fellow top-10 team Miami, both possibilities remain.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher entertained a list of prospects whose quality might not have been matched yet this year and was headlined by cornerback and No. 9 recruit Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover).
The Seminoles have emerged as the clear threat to Alabama for the five-star’s services. According to quarterback commitment J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic), Humphrey was enjoying himself.
"Humphrey is definitely loving it," Cosentino said.
Nearing the final whistle, Humphrey noticed that the crowd had a message for Alabama.
Fsu chanting we want Bama....O
— Fruit PUNCH (@marlon_humphrey) November 3, 2013
As thorough as the visitor list was, some expected recruits were unable to make the trip. Logistics often get in the way for at least a couple each weekend, so it wasn't a surprise.
Among those not present were River Ridge, La., John Curtis Christian teammates Malachi Dupre and Mattrell McGraw. Though they weren't in attendance, they still took notice watching the game on television.