‘Doors are wide open, baby!’: Seminoles end 15-month recruit dead period with Midnight Madness event

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 6:41 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Tuesday afternoon was relatively quiet at Doak Campbell Stadium, except for a June breeze and some sprinklers. But early Tuesday morning, the Moore Athletic Center saw a lot of noise for the first time in a long time.

At almost 2 a.m., Florida State head football coach Mike Norvell finished taking recruits on a tour of FSU’s campus, showing no signs of fatigue from when they opened the doors at midnight.

The ‘Noles were among the country’s first programs to reopen their doors to potential recruits for official visits as the stroke of midnight saw the expiration of a 15-month dead period brought on by COVID-19, a first for many recruits, including star quarterback commit A.J. Duffy.

“Honestly it felt a little weird because I’ve been doing so many visits back in the day, no coaches, just walking with my parents so it was cool to have a real tour, see everything and just be a part of it,” he said.

This was the first time not only for the FSU coaching staff to sell its vision, but also current commits, like cornerback Travis Hunter Jr., excited to give his pitch to those considering joining Tribe 22.

“It’s a blessing to get everybody here and talk to them in person and see what we have to offer and see coach’s new car and see what we can do with all the players out here and all the connections,” he said.

Florida State ended may with the top recruiting class in the ACC for the class of 2022, according to 247Sports.

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