Open­ness, hon­esty key in re­cruit­ing

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and Dilling­ham be­ing open and hon­est.

“There’s no se­cret po­tion to mak­ing it hap­pen. It’s just be who you are,” Dilling­ham said. “I’m go­ing to be who I am ev­ery day that I wake up. Coach is go­ing to be who he is ev­ery day, and the op­por­tu­nity here is, in my opin­ion, the best in the coun­try. You get to play at Florida State, one. You get to play in one of the top of­fenses in col­lege foot­ball, two.”

It helped Norvell and Dilling­ham had con­nec­tions to both play­ers.

Purdy was a stand­out at Perry High in Gil­bert, Ariz. Norvell was the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor/quar­ter­backs coach at Ari­zona State from 2012-15. Dilling­ham coached at Cha­parral High in Ari­zona from 2007-2013 and then with the Sun Devils from 2014-15.

The Ari­zona con­nec­tion made it easy for the two to get in con­tact with Purdy, and then they got him to of­fi­cially visit FSU dur­ing the week­end and flipped him on Wed­nes­day.

Norvell and Rode­maker al­ready had an estab­lished con­nec­tion.

Norvell of­fered Rode­maker when he was at Mem­phis. Rode­maker was one of the first play­ers to pub­licly com­mit to FSU un­der Norvell.

“Those guys have been in­cred­i­ble in the amount of time that we’ve spent in that short pe­riod of time just get­ting to know them,” Norvell said. “… It wasn’t like a blind meet­ing, but it was def­i­nitely a lot that went into the process, and we were ex­cited to get both those young men.”

Purdy and Rode­maker en­ter a quar­ter­back room with ques­tion marks.

Wis­con­sin grad trans­fer Alex Horni­brook al­ready has left the team and is pre­par­ing for the NFL draft. Black­man could be de­cid­ing on his fu­ture af­ter the Sun Bowl against Ari­zona State on Dec. 31. Black­man could de­clare for April’s draft. If he de­cides to re­turn, he will be the most ex­pe­ri­enced quar­ter­back on the ros­ter.

Travis has seen his play­ing time in­crease since in­terim coach Odell Hag­gins took over. Travis has pro­vided a spark with his abil­ity to run, but he is an un­known com­mod­ity as a passer at the col­lege level.

Both Purdy and Rode­maker could come in and push who­ever is in the quar­ter­back room.

It’s why Norvell and Dilling­ham wanted to sign two quar­ter­backs dur­ing the early-sign­ing pe­riod. They want com­pe­ti­tion at quar­ter­back, and they found two in just 10 days whom they think fit the bill.

“Com­pe­ti­tion helps breeds suc­cess, and that’s what we’re try­ing to cre­ate,” Dilling­ham said. “And we have an open com­pe­ti­tion. We have guys here who have proven they can get it done, but at the end of the day, we want to com­pete.”


The new FSU coach­ing staff re­cruited two quar­ter­backs to help push cur­rent starter James Black­man and get the most out of the Semi­noles.

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