A thrilling 45-38 victory over Florida (6-6) on Friday evening has put No. 16 Florida State (9-3) in position for the program’s first 10-win season since 2016.
Mike Norvell and his staff are rebuilding the Tallahassee-based program and the fans are reinvigorated, evident inside Doak Campbell Stadium for this one where a raucous crowd created a terrific home-field advantage throughout.
“I’m more excited about the program than I have ever been,” Albany (Ga.) Dougherty 247Sports Composite five-star running back and 2024 FSU commit Kameron Davis said. “This year’s team have really climbed which is the word of the year. I definitely think that in the coming years we will be back to the best historical franchise of all time! The work that team puts in and the dedication the coaching staff have built into the team will forever be there.
“That energy and atmosphere at the game tonight was like no other. A big rivalry game with a bunch of ups and downs. The band started it off first with a battle and the beefy rose from there.”
Davis is the jewel of a 2024 class ranked No. 4 by the 247Sports Composite early in the cycle. Norvell and company have put together a recruiting class in 2023 that currently stands in at No. 17 as they bring in talent to help the program build on this campaign for years to come.
Jacksonville (Fla.) Westside Top247 defensive lineman Jordan Hall was the headliner on campus as FSU battles the Gators and Georgia for his signature. Coveted JUCO offensive lineman Keyshawn Blackstock was on campus Fulton (Miss.) Itawamba Agricultural four-star safety Isaac Smith is taking his official visit this weekend and he’s impressed thus far with what he’s seen this weekend from the Seminoles program. Norvell would love to flip Top247 receiver and Wake Forest commit Micah Mays as well.
A strong group of 2024 and 2025 prospects soaked in the vibes as well as Florida State closes the regular season winning five in a row.
“The environment from the game was crazy,” Tampa (Fla.) Catholic 2024 receiver Terrance Moore said. “I’m not sure if it was the fact that it was a rivalry game or what. I see an exciting future for the Seminoles.”
“The atmosphere was insane,” Navarre (Fla.) High 2024 linebacker Xavier Hamilton said. “It is one of the best I’ve ever been so far this year. I think FSU has made huge leaps and bounds in the right direction, they have continually improved in every game and continue to build on what they could do better.”
“The atmosphere in Doak every game is always high and loud,” North Fort Myers (Fla.) 2024 receiver Jaiden Jones said. “Everything from the band to the fans is amazing. Can’t even hear the person right next to you. The rivalry games are always the loudest and the fans are always the most hype. Coach Norvell definitely impacted this team a lot and you can see it on the field and off the field. All the guys trying to help the man next to them be great and it’s a really great thing to see. I love everything about the program FSU has from the game of football to the lifelong brotherhood they have. That’s just something that means a lot to me. FSU’s coaching staff has done an amazing job with the student-athletes they have and it shows on the field. I love everything about FSU and the route they’re on to becoming better every single day.”
“That was one of the most electrifying atmospheres I’ve experienced this year,” Tupelo (Miss.) Itawamba Agricultural offensive tackle Isaiah Autry said. “Another exciting thing about the weekend was the big-time connection you felt from the coaches and the fans. Coach Norvell seems to have the program growing into a championship form.”
“One of the craziest things I ever witnessed,” New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine 2024 tight end Hubert Caliste Jr. said. “A lot of excitement and pride was in the atmosphere tonight. I believe FSU has the best fans in the nation. Excited about getting back up here in the future.”
“The environment was nice and loud and surreal where the fans showed a lot of love for the team,” Hiram (Ga.) High 2024 offensive lineman Clinton Richard said. “It’s easily one of the best games I’ve been too. I like the atmosphere and environment and the colors and the tradition.”
Trey Benson’s third touchdown run of the night with just over four minutes to go was the game-winning score. Quarterback Jordan Travis had 270 yards passing and a touchdown and several thrilling scrambles leading to two more rushing scores. Florida was driving for the potential game-tying score with under a minute to go but the FSU defense held up and got pressure on quarterback Anthony Richardson forcing a wild incompletion to end the threat.
“The atmosphere inside Doak was electric!” Miami (Fla.) Belen Jesuit defensive lineman Davion Dixon said. “I’ve never experienced a game like this before. FSU/UF is the great rivalry in college football, I’ve come to really appreciate this game over the years. I’m very thankful to have had the opportunity to attend and I always enjoy seeing and speaking to the coaches and fellow recruits. I’m really excited about the direction of this program under Coach Norvell. He’s a great coach and you can tell he really cares about his players and the entire FSU community. It looks like he’s changed the culture in Tallahassee and the players are really committed. We’re hoping to see him play again this year, maybe in the Orange Bowl.”
“The atmosphere was unbelievable especially on the last defensive series!” Folkston (Ga.) Charlton County Top247 edge rusher Elyss Williams said. He is the No. 12 overall prospect in the 2025 class. “I’m excited to see FSU going up like they’re used to what Coach Norvell is doing great over in Tallahassee. I plan to come back to FSU soon. FSU is climbing back up!”
“The atmosphere was electric,” Prosper (Texas) Rock Hill quarterback Kevin Sperry said. “The fans were very engaged and loud throughout the whole game. I think Coach Norvell is doing great things and you can tell that his players will fight until the end for him. The team is battle tested and laying a strong foundation to bring back championships to Tallahassee.”
“The atmosphere tonight was big, big loud and exciting,” Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic Top247 2025 receiver Koby Howard said. “This type of game that gives me goosebumps. FSU looks really good. I really like the direction they are headed in. They are playing really physically and with a lot of heart. They (were) not backing down either. They also played physically and with heart! Travis played his butt off tonight. I think they are poised to make a playoff run next season if they keep playing like this! Big-time win for the Noles! It’s too lit out here!”
“The energy inside the stadium is mayhem,” Sanford (Fla.) Seminole offensive lineman Max Buchanan said. “Loved getting a chance to see some of the long-time traditions the fans have here. I’m very excited about the direction the program is going. I really think these offensive line coaches are taking these guys all the way in the near future.”
“It was crazy,” Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy Top247 2025 quarterback George MacIntyre said. “They have a very unique environment with the Tomahawk Chop and the ongoing band. And it wasn’t just the fourth quarter it was the whole game.”
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