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Florida State’s newest recruiting weapon — honey fried chicken

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Friday was honey fried chicken day in the Figg Family Dining Hall at Florida State University, but the dish has been gaining a lot of attention since Wednesday.

During an interview on ESPN before making his announcement, defensive tackle Marvin Wilson raved about the chicken.

“I was like that sounds suspect, so I grabbed one piece. I finished that one piece of chicken. I went grabbed the whole pan, and put it on the table, and we killed that whole pan of honey fried chicken,” Wilson said. “That’s probably the best fried chicken I’ve ever had.”

LSU and Ohio State were thought to have the inside track on Wilson, but in the end, Florida State had the upper hand … or in this case drumstick.

Florida State sports nutritionist Kayli Hrdlicka said she didn’t think the chicken was the deciding factor for Wilson, but was happy that it was mentioned.

Hrdlicka said the dish is offered on Friday’s as a way to reward athletes and staff after a hard week of training and studies. It is also on the Monday night menu during football season along with crab legs if the Seminoles win.

“It is a recipe that is specific to the dining hall. They do a great job in making it with a lot of care and it is delicious,” she said.

Wilson was one of four five-star prospects that the Seminoles signed on Wednesday. Defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins, who was the primary recruiter of Lewis, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports. FSU assistant and recruiting coordinator Tim Brewster also had a big role. The Seminoles’ class is rated sixth in the consensus rankings.

After Florida State tweeted out the honey fried chicken video on Friday, Wilson was quick with his seal of approval.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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