TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — This weekend is a big weekend for Florida State football.
It's the final chance to make an impression on high school players. Florida State has one last shot to woo some big names to Tallahassee.
Recruiting is kind of like dating: You show all your best traits and you hope the other party falls in love with you. Throw in a new coaching staff to the mix, that courting is extra important as the early signing period quickly approaches.
Mike Norvell essentially had a week and a half after he was named head coach at Florida State to lock in big time recruits for the Class of 2020. Eight athletes have already decommitted.
Norvell has made several offers over the last week. Valdosta QB Tate Rodemaker was one of those offers and is one of the athletes expected to be on campus this weekend. That's a short time to impress and that's something Norvell knew coming in.
"I think when you have such a short period of time, you have to really rely a lot on showing kids how they're going to be utilized, showing them what the opportunity holds," said Norvell. "The great thing, one of the most attractive things about this university, is you can get it all year. A top 20 academic institution in the country. You have an incredible place to live. You have an unbelievable brand, fan support, every aspect of it."
If Norvell missed on some kids for this early period, no worries. National Signing Day is Feb. 5 and those student athletes still unsigned have a chance to sign then.