Florida State’s National Signing Day was littered with highlights, ultimately leading to either the No. 1 or No. 2 class in the country – depending on where you look. One of those highlights was flipping four-star defensive tackle commit Shavar Manuel from the rival Gators, but it turns out FSU may have known about that weeks ahead of time.
During Jimbo Fisher’s National Signing Day Party Wednesday night, defensive ends coach Brad Lawing made some interesting comments during the portion of the event in which each coach takes the stage to talk about the newest Seminoles. When talking about Manuel, Lawing suggested that he knew the Florida commit was going to flip to FSU for two weeks, but told him to “just play the game” and to “tell them damn Gators what they want to hear” before flipping, according to the Palm Beach Post’s Tom D’Angelo.
Lawing said known about Manuel flipping for about 2 weeks.’I told him, just play the game,tell them damn Gators what they want to hear’ #FSU
— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) February 4, 2016
If this doesn’t give you a glimpse inside one of the more heated rivalries in college football, I’m not sure what will. The irony is: Lawing came to Florida State after coaching the previous two seasons at Florida.
Either way, the Seminoles finished with one of the best recruiting classes in the country, crushing in-state rivals–Florida, Miami–on the recruiting trail once again.