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Column: FSU with a chance to impress

10/18/2012

As always, there will be much at stake Saturday against Miami in Sun Life Stadium.

Some are obvious like beating an in-state rival again and moving towards another "state championship."

It is the continuation of the program moving in the right direction and that the opportunity to show that the debacle in Raleigh was a lesson learned.

But most of all, the real prize is the chance to capture the attention of some of the top prospects in the country that just so happen to reside in talent-rich South Florida.

The Seminoles' recruiting success in the Miami area is well documented. Moreover, the overwhelming majority of the commitment list for the Class of 2014 hails from Greater Miami.

Tallahassee and Miami aren't exactly close to one another. It's hard for prospects in South Florida that play on Friday nights to wake up early in the morning on Saturday and make the long drive to the state capitol. This weekend, Florida State is coming to them, and the Seminoles have a chance to put on a show.

Florida State also has the chance to prove its dominance over a Miami program that is hurting with the uncertainty hanging over the program in the form of possible NCAA sanctions.

A moment to remove all doubt.

For a guy like Matthew Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington), the country's top outside linebacker prospect, this game will have some importance. He publicly lists a top three of Alabama, Florida State and Miami, but if you talk to anyone that knows, it's likely a two-horse race between Sunshine State rivals. And honestly, the Seminoles are in pole position to land Thomas who is contingent upon this class being a success or not.

There's more at work here than just one guy, obviously. There are plenty of immensely talented recruits ranging from seniors to sophomores that will be there.

But from Florida State's perspective, it can ill afford another disaster by dropping another game they shouldn't. Not in front of these prospects.

Nope, the Seminoles and Jimbo Fisher's goal, besides winning the game on the field, of course, should be to remove any questions off of it of where the brighter future lies for area prospects.