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FSU leads for Top 2023 QB Chris Parson following June visit

Visitors have been rolling in and out of Tallahassee every day throughout the month of June. Last week, one of the top quarterbacks in the 2023 class, Chris Parson, was able to make a trip to campus with his family.

When they arrived for the visit, Florida State’s entire coaching staff was waiting outside the Moore Center to welcome them.

“Man, it was a great feeling,” Parson said. “It warmed my heart up, just seeing all the coaches out there, dapping them all up, looking them in the eyes, it was just a great feeling. It made my family feel very good and it made me feel good as well. It just shows how FSU is family-oriented. It was awesome.”

Throughout the day, the coaching staff made it a point to show Parson that he was a priority. In fact, the top priority. During his meeting with head coach Mike Norvell, he was informed that he’s the top quarterback on the board in the 2023 class. He also was able to spend some time working with offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham.

“It was a great experience,” Parson said. “We got there early that morning and I spent the whole day with the staff. They welcomed my family with open arms and they showed us the entire campus. As a matter of fact, the whole staff was waiting on my family and I when we pulled up. That was a great feeling man and it just showed that I was a priority for them. They let that be known throughout the day, especially when I talked to coach Norvell, he let me know that I’m their guy.”

“That just meant a lot coming from coach Norvell, with him being an offensive guy,” Parson continued. “I’ve heard about him since he was at Memphis, seeing how many points they put up, yards, things like that. Florida State, they’re on the upswing right now and I’m looking forward to watching them this year It was a great visit. They showed us everything, showed us what they’re all about. I got to get on the board with coach Dillingham, learn a little bit about FSU’s philosophy. It was a great day all around, no complaints at all.”



One part of Parson’s unofficial visit that stood out was seeing how the staff interacted with the players on the team, particularly a conversation he witnessed between coach Dillingham and quarterback Jordan Travis. He also got to learn some things about Florida State outside of football.

“Seeing how the coaches are with their players,” Parson said. “There was a time where I was with coach Dillingham on the golf cart. Jordan Travis called him, just hearing the conversation between them I can tell that coach Dillingham really loves his players. Jordan being a quarterback there at Florida State, I think it’s very important to have a relationship with the quarterback’s coach who is also the offensive coordinator. That was really cool to me, seeing how he interacted with the players. Florida State, it seems like a real big family up there. I got to talk to the Board of Education, the Athletic Director, I got to see a glimpse of a lot more than just football.”

The Ravenwood High School product says the Seminoles lead in his recruitment following his unofficial visit. He has developed a solid relationship with coach Dillingham and they talk at least twice a week.

“As far as recruiting me the hardest, Florida State is at the top of that list as of right now,” Parson said. “They’ve been on me pretty hard. Coach Dillingham and I, we talk twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Kentucky has been recruiting me hard as well, so has Miami. TCU is probably recruiting me just as hard as Florida State, I have a really good relationship with the quarterback’s coach up there. I have to be fair because there are a lot of schools that have been talking to me lately. Tennessee, they’ve been recruiting me hard, I’m actually going to be going up there on Monday. Florida State, they’re up there at the top.”

Parson has seen his recruitment begin to heat up this offseason. He’s picked up at least seven offers from FBS schools since January including FSU, Miami, Kentucky, Tennessee, and TCU. Much of his summer to this point has been spent traveling to college campuses across the country.

“This summer, as far as visits, I’ve been to a lot of places,” Parson said. “I’ve been to Ohio State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Duke, Florida State. I’ll be at Miami tomorrow [Last Friday], Alabama on Saturday, and on Sunday I’ll finish it off at Tennessee.”

“It’s been long-awaited,” Parson continued. “Schools are finally seeing what I can do and what I bring to the table. My recruitment slowed down a little bit throughout my sophomore year, I didn’t play as much. Now being able to get on campus and throw for these coaches, it’s starting to heat up for me. I’m just soaking it all in and trying to enjoy the process.”

Does the highly regarded signal-caller ever take a day off?

“Man, I don’t,” Parson said. “This June has been hectic, there’s so much going on. I’ve been having to deal with this college recruitment and then I also have to work with my teammates back home. Whenever I do get a chance to be home in Tennessee, I’m in workouts and building chemistry with my new teammates. This July, we’ll have a lot of time together and at the end of July, they’ll [NCAA] open things back up a little bit. As of right now, the only visit I have set up is July 30, I’ll be going back to TCU.”

Interestingly enough, the highly touted signal-caller has strong ties to Florida State. He’s related to Seminole legend and Hall of Fame defensive back Terrell Buckley, who currently coaches at Ole Miss.

“Ole Miss actually came to see me throw,” Parson said. “I was at a mega-camp last week in Tennessee and I had my own little private session. I was actually up there with T-Buck, he came to watch me throw as well as coach Lebby. He’s been more on the family side, him and I, we haven’t talked football even though we both know what the deal is. Whenever we talk, it’s just all family, showing love, checking up on me.”

“He’s in contact with my dad a lot,” Parson continued. “With him being an FSU legend, all of my family on my dad’s side, they are mostly Florida State fans. They’ve been on me hard, trying to get me to go ahead and commit. Having him in the family, that’s awesome, just that athletic family tree that we have. That’s pretty cool, having him be looked at as a legend to FSU fans and college football fans all over.”

Though he thought about committing while on campus, Parson decided to hold off to put more thought into the decision. He doesn’t have a set date for his commitment and is going to let it happen when the time is right.

“As of right now, I don’t have a timetable for when I will commit,” Parson said. “Committing to Florida State, while I was on campus I thought about it, what I would be like wearing the garnet and gold officially. I didn’t want to make a decision on the fly, I wanted to go home and pray about it. I wanted to tour some other schools as well, finally get a good feeling for everything that’s around me. I don’t have a timetable for when I will commit, all I know, when the moment is right a decision will be made. I’m going to continue to pray over it, it’s all in God’s hands. Whenever he gives me that go, I’m gonna go.”

The 6-foot, 190-pound quarterback to be in Tallahassee for the season-opener against Notre Dame. He’s ranked as the No. 150 overall prospect, the No. 11 QB, and the No. 3 recruit in the state of Tennessee in the 2023 class.

Stick with NoleGameday for the latest on Parson and his recruitment throughout the summer.


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