FSU football: Mike Norvell’s done a great job of recruiting current players

FSU football head coach Mike Norvell has been impressive in a short time frame. One of the most impressive things is his recruiting of the CURRENT players.

FSU football will open its Tour of Duty workout to the media Thursday for a glimpse inside the program and how players are working.

The workouts are similar to “mat drills” of yesteryear with Bobby Bowden had FSU at the top of its game.

In thinking about the open workout and where we are concerning spring ball starting I started thinking about what Mike Norvell has done to recruit the CURRENT players.

We’ve discussed the impact of getting Marvin Wilson, Tamorrion Terry and Cory Durden to come back in 2020.

The Tour of Duty workouts have been going on for weeks now, and we haven’t seen a mass exodus of players to hit the transfer portal. While it’s still possible, most of those candidates would have done so by now instead of going through these grueling workouts each day one would think.

If they opt to hit the transfer portal at this point their spring semester is already covered with no worries having to pay out of pocket for tuition.

A few players could be waiting on spring practice to begin to get a better feel for what their role on the team could be. If that’s the case, they’ve still bought into what Coach Norvell’s vision is to this point.

The following players have entered the transfer portal since Mike Norvell was hired or around that time:

  • Tre’Shaun Harrison (Oregon State)
  • Tre McKitty (Georgia)
  • Kyle Meyers (Tulane)
  • Malcolm Lamar (FAU)
  • Jauan Williams (?)

That’s a small number and points to the job Norvell’s done in recruiting the current players on the roster. Harrison went to be closer to his home state of Washington. McKitty will graduate in May and Meyers doesn’t want to sit the bench his final year. Malcolm Lamar was a fan of Willie Taggart although he barely played the past two years. It’s simply good luck to Jauan William. It’ll be interesting to see if this number grows after spring practice begins.

If it does it will give us a better understanding of how the staff views certain players going forward in terms of depth, etc.