“To me, there’s no moral victories in football, either you win or you lose, simple as that.” - Quarterback McKenzie Milton after a nail-biting loss to Notre Dame 41-38 in overtime.
It may be true that there are no moral victories in football, but there can be program-changing victories (even in defeat, if that makes sense) and aside from pulling off a come from behind top-10 upset, that's just what last night might be.
Florida State hosted numerous blue-chip recruits for Sunday night's game and judging by their reactions, even in a loss there’s something to build on and sell about a program moving forward and an appealing change of culture.
Here’s just some of the feedback:
- Class of ‘22 5-star cornerback/wide receiver Travis Hunter (FSU commit):
FSU We Back @FSUFootball @FSU_Recruiting ‼️— Travis Hunter (@TravisHunterJr) September 6, 2021
- Class of ‘22 4-star quarterback A.J. Duffy (FSU commit):
I love it here… this place is special— Aj Duffy (@anthonyjduffy) September 6, 2021
- Class of ‘22 5-star wide receiver Kevin Lamar Coleman Jr.
I love it here‼️— Kevin Lamar Coleman Jr (@KevinLamarCole1) September 6, 2021
- Class of ‘22 4-star defensive lineman Nyjalik Kelly.
Hold on now— nyjalik kelly (@nyjalikkelly) September 6, 2021
- Class of ‘23 3-star quarterback Chris Parson (FSU commit).
Super proud of FSU tonight! No question as to why I chose this school. I love this University Go Noles #tribe23— (@C_Parson2) September 6, 2021
- Class of 24’ 4-star defensive lineman Alexander Cunningham.
Enjoyed my time in Tally!!!❤️ #Tribe24 ??? @Coach_Norvell @CoachAAtkins @odellhaggins @RLS2294 pic.twitter.com/JyOnQTnEwk— Alexander “TA” Cunningham (@_getlikealex) September 6, 2021
- Class of 23’ 4-star offensive lineman Clay Wedin.
Wow, what a great atmosphere! The fans were crazy and the team never quit. Thank you to the coaches and staff for allowing us to experience this. #FSU #GoNoles @FSU_Recruiting @FSUFootball pic.twitter.com/dK94lB994V— Clay Wedin (@ClayWedin) September 6, 2021
- Class of 23’ 4-star linebacker Raul Aguirre.
Great game by both teams 38-35 overtime thriller... I love this game of pic.twitter.com/UORxZ9xonv— 4⭐️ LB POPO ESPN 300 (@lRaulAguirre) September 6, 2021
- Even some recruits who weren't there took notice, such as Class of ‘23 4-star defensive tackle Joel Starlings:
@FSUFootball impressed VERY impressed— THR3E (@JoelStarlings) September 6, 2021
- And Class of ‘22 4-star defensive end Marvin Jones Jr.
Big Time!!!!— Marvin Jones Jr. (@marvinjonesjrr) September 6, 2021
The Three Stars (from our Florida State of Recruiting podcast) broke down a list of official and unofficial visitors for last night’s contest during their last pod, and some social media reactions leading up to the game can be found here.
As always, join in on the discussion in the latest Recruiting Thread, and be sure to keep an eye out for a new episode of Florida State of Recruiting coming soon.