From a marketing standpoint, it’s not a bad idea. FSU had the most applicants for the incoming freshman class, 51,000, in the state and in its history. One of a school president’s many responsibilities is to enhance the university’s footprint.
More tangibly for the football team, Jacksonville is increasingly becoming a recruiting hotbed. What better way for the best players in one of the most talent-rich areas for college athletes in the state to see the program up close than by hosting a game in their back yard?
Taggart stressed at today’s press conference that it was good to come to Jacksonville for recruiting, and also for players who are currently on the roster to have the chance to play in a NFL stadium.
Most importantly, the thing that all fans need to know when considering this game being in Jacksonville, as opposed to Tallahassee… yes, there will be @DoakBoyz tailgate!
(James Coleman played fullback at Florida State from 2002-2005; you can follow him on Twitter at @biggamejames36)
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