2023 QB Tyler Jefferson feels at home during FSU spring game

A ton of talent was in Tallahassee over the weekend to get their eyes on the Seminoles for Florida State’s annual spring game. 2023 quarterback Tyler Jefferson was one of the prospects in attendance and he recently caught up with NoleGameday to go in-depth on the trip.

Jefferson was surprised by the amount of fan support he received on Saturday. Before the game, people were checking to see if he was going to make it, and afterward, he was able to speak to a few FSU Alumni.

“That energy in there [Doak], it was definitely crazy,” Jefferson said. “The vibe I caught, it was more like a home feeling for me. Even before I arrived at the game, I had people texting me, seeing if I made it ok, just checking in and telling me to check back in after the game to see how I liked it up there. That fanbase up there is definitely different, it seems like a true family.”

“I talked to a few [fans] before the game, to some during the game that were sitting around me, and to two or three alumni after everything,” Jefferson continued. “They were talking about how Florida State impacted them and got them ready for the world. They discussed the traditions at FSU that have been going on for so long, it really put something in my mind.”

Prior to the action getting started, the recruits that came up for the spring game were all in a group chat. Once he arrived, Jefferson was able to witness 2022 athlete Rodney Hill commit to Florida State at the Unconquered Statue.

“Before the game, we made a big group chat, so we had been talking for a few days,” Jefferson said. “It’s definitely different, seeing people committing before the game, it’s different. You see something in that culture at Florida State and it’s changing, changing fast.”

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The Florida native paid close attention to the quarterbacks during the game and came away impressed with what he saw from the offense. Particularly, he liked how the scheme played to the strengths of both McKenzie Milton and Jordan Travis.

“I thought they did extraordinarily well,” Jefferson said. “The way that the offense schemes with those two quarterbacks, it allows Milton to sit in the pocket and do his thing, letting Jordan Travis use his mobile aspects to get around and make plays with his legs. I liked that.”

“That offense is going to be killer,” Jefferson continued. “The offensive line is big and strong, looked like they were giving the guys time as well. That No. 11 [Malik McClain], a true freshman, man is a monster.”

Like many other prospects that we’ve spoken to this week, one thing that stood out to Jefferson was the number of young guys that were getting a lot of reps on Saturday. One of his friends, early enrollee Joshua Farmer, has flashed this spring.

“Thinking like that, giving those guys an opportunity to showcase what they have, especially with them just now coming in,” Jefferson said. “I think that would be good for me because I want to come in and show what I can do. I want to get in, I want to try and play as well. I know Josh Farmer personally, him coming in as a true freshman and being able to get out there and do what he did. That definitely inspired me.”

Jefferson also watched the coaching staff to get a feel for their personalities in a game-like situation. He called it, “eye-opening’ to see head coach Mike Norvell and offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham at work.

“I love their energy,” Jefferson said. “They’re definitely full of energy all the time, throughout the whole game. Even before the game, you saw coach Dillingham running everywhere and actively interacting with his quarterbacks. Coach Norvell was on the field the whole game, hyping up the players after big plays. It was eye-opening.”

In February, the Fort White High School product had Florida State at the top of his recruitment. He speaks with coach Dillingham every week and says that the Seminoles are still No. 1. Jefferson plans to return to campus this summer in June to throw in front of the staff. After that, it’s possible that he could make a decision.

“It’s been progressing pretty well,” Jefferson said. “I talk to coach Dillingham every week, I’ll probably call him tomorrow and we’ll chop it up for a bit. Talking to them every week about different things and what’s going on up there. They’re definitely at the top of my list right now.”

“I feel like it’s coming soon, really soon,” Jefferson said. “I have talked to them about it and they want to see me in person, throw a little bit, and we’ll sit down and discuss that.”

Earlier this offseason, Jefferson had his knee scoped and he’s in the process of recovering from the surgery. He’s ahead of schedule in his rehab and will start lifting weights again in about two weeks.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound quarterback is currently unranked in the 2023 class according to 247Sports. We see that changing this fall.

Keep up with NoleGameday for the latest on Jefferson’s recruitment this summer.

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