FSU football head coach Mike Norvell has shown the ability to assess roster needs and address them, and one thing he has used to keep FSU competitive is the transfer portal.
The coaching staff knew they had a lot of dead weight on the roster and couldn’t depend on true freshmen to play major minutes in 2021 if they wanted a shot at winning any games.
So we saw an exodus of a few players and the additions of transfer portal players who have become pillars in the success we’ve seen from FSU this year. As bad as things were at one point this season, I could only imagine what it would have been like if the coaching staff didn’t bring in that experience from the portal.
The 2022 recruiting looks to be the strongest high school class since 2017, but the coaching staff will still likely need to hit the portal at some positions while younger players continue to develop into contributors.
They already have one player committed from the portal in offensive lineman Bless Harris. I wouldn’t be surprised to see another offensive lineman, defensive end, wide receiver, linebacker, and quarterback taken.
FSU will likely not take the maximum amount of high school players(25). However, that will allow more spots for transfer portal players. Although they will target portal players, they can’t afford to waste scholarships on players that will not be contributors. Let’s take a look at their ‘hit rate’ thus far.