While Parrish Jr. started his career at Ole Miss, like Ponce and Mirabal, he has deep ties to Miami.
The former Christopher Columbus standout from Goulds knows full well what the rivalry means not to just the South Florida community, but to the state as a whole.
And like many across Florida, he finds himself in a family good-naturedly divided this weekend.
His father – Henry Parrish Sr. – is a longtime Florida State fan and father and son have exchanged more than a few teasing messages in the days leading up to the game.
“Me and my dad, we joke around, but it’s all fun and games until it comes down to the trenches, where you’ve got to put the work in,” Parrish Jr. said. “You’ve got to take it day by day and be ready…But yeah, we’ve teased each other all week, since Sunday. It’s a wonderful moment and it’ll be nice having those memories and little flashbacks with Dad.”
For Young, who hails from New York and played last year at Lackawanna College, Saturday’s game will be his first opportunity to participate in any kind of major college football rivalry game.
He fully expects to see Hard Rock Stadium packed with frenzied fans celebrating every big play.
That has the receiver plenty excited.
“It’s for bragging rights,” Young said. “You know you want to win so bad…[The energy] is going to be something new for me. I know it’s one thing I never really got to experience up north. It’s more like a basketball state. I’m going to go with the flow and lock into the game and not let that get to me, but it’s exciting.”
There’s no doubt Saturday’s game will be meaningful for all of the Hurricanes who take the field. The Miami-Florida State matchup has always been, and will always be, special.
But those who will be making their debuts in the rivalry this week will be making their own memories.
That’s not an opportunity any of them take for granted.
“You come to Miami to play Florida State. You come here for this kind of rivalry,” Ponce said. “You come to Miami to compete for championships and for years, the national championship ran through the University of Miami and the Florida State University. The energy is there. The vibe is there. It’s something special.”