Chris Register, one of the state's top juniors, was one of those prospects that heard that message loud and clear on Saturday night. He was in Carter-Finley Stadium and watched the Pack take down the Noles for himself.
"It was real exciting," Register said. "It was a good game. Florida State came in ranked as high as they are so you assume the outcome would be that Florida State would win. That wasn't the case."
The Greensboro Dudley linebacker said he thought the game came down to third down execution.
"They actually had three chances to win," he said. "It would have been easier to win if they had just executed. I thought the defense was holding up real good."
Maybe the most exciting part of the trip was the time Register spent in the locker room with other recruits, all the players and coaches. All were jubilant.
"I felt like I had won myself," he said. "They were hype. The music was playing loud. The coaches talked to me a little bit. It was really good."
Register said he wants to visit Duke in the coming weeks since that's the only major in-state program he hasn't been to this year.
Does any school now have the edge in his recruitment?
"State stuck out to me after last night really. That win's a real big plus," he said.