Saturday’s top-10 matchup between the Florida State Seminoles and Miami Hurricanes has important implications for a number of reasons. Chief among them, the winner of the game will remain undefeated and in the mix to play for the National Championship in January.
However, off the field, there are significant implications, as well. With the whole country watching, it’s a great chance for each team to make an impression on recruits, who are the lifeblood of any program.
With the game in Tallahassee, it gives Florida State an opportunity to get their top recruits on campus and show them the electric atmosphere at Doak Campbell Stadium. As such, the Noles have invited an impressive list of players who are expected to travel to Tallahassee this weekend to take in the game.
Here’s a look at some of the top uncommitted prospects who will be in Tallahassee on Saturday night.
Florida State will have four outstanding running back prospects on campus this weekend. The one leaning most toward the Noles is three-star T.J. Harrell from Tampa (Fla.). In fact, many analysts thought he would have committed by now, but he’s taking his time with the process. In addition, five-star Joe Mixon will make the trip from California, and while it’s unlikely he’ll end up with the Seminoles, the fact that he’s making the trip is good news for FSU.
Also attending will be two four-star backs, Shai McKenzie and Donte Thomas-Williams.
Perhaps the most loaded group visiting this weekend is that of wide receiver. Four big-time prospects are expected to attend, headlined by five-star Malachi Dupre. The Louisiana native is a huge target at 6-foot-4 and has tremendous playmaking abilities with the ball in his hands. It might be a bit of a long shot for the Noles to land Dupre, but a visit this weekend won’t hurt.
Three other four stars will visit, as well, and the name that keeps surfacing in regards to the Seminoles is that of Travis Rudolph. A few months ago, he didn’t have the Noles very high on his list, but they been moving up his board recently. Josh Malone and Myles Autry are two other talented wideouts who will get a close look at the Noles high-powered offense this weekend.
Noles fans haven’t been thrilled with the offensive line recruiting in recent years, but there are a few notable recruits coming Saturday. Joshua Casher is one of the best centers in the country and offensive tackle Chad Mavety will be travelling down from New York, as well.
On the defensive side of the ball, there are two primetime players expected to be in attendance. Five-star athlete (likely to play corner) Adoree Jackson is making the trip from California and will get a good look at how defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt utilizes his secondary with the Noles.
So, too, will the other five-star defensive back visiting, Marlon Humphrey. As an Alabama legacy, most expect Humphrey to end up playing for Nick Saban when all is said and done. However, in recent weeks, there has been grumblings that the Noles could actually end up landing Humphrey.
One of those two five stars would be a huge coup for the Seminoles and be an indicator that the Noles are back on the national scene.
One other notable visitor will be five-star defensive end Kentavius Street from North Carolina. He, too, is likely leaning elsewhere, but the Noles have to feel good that he’s coming to town this weekend.
Overall, it’s a huge recruiting weekend for Florida State. Inevitably, a few recruits will not make the trip for a variety of reasons, but regardless, there will be a ton of talent on campus.
If Florida State plays well and beats Miami, it will be huge for the 2013 team, but could have lasting impressions for future Nole squads.