I have to admit it. I love seeing FSU football fans getting excited on social media.
Friday night was the second time in the last week that we’ve seen FSU fans excited about a player the coaches have landed from the transfer portal.
The first player was UCF linebacker Tatum Bethune a couple of nights ago. However, the addition from the No. 1 transfer defensive end nationally, Jared Verse, has been a long time coming.
Verse announced the news via his Twitter account, and FSU fans rejoiced:
Twitter Fan Reaction
We got a DE pic.twitter.com/q05JZKFKhT
— Mr. Dee Williams© (@deecwilliams) January 8, 2022
— ab (@_bizell_) January 8, 2022
Transfer U 👀👀👀 pic.twitter.com/CW53AtuqSX
— franklin saint ❄️ (@_fresh_princeee) January 8, 2022
Okay I’m about to start talking reckless lol https://t.co/mpgdDbdlbH
— Half Blood Prince (@Ron_Corleone727) January 8, 2022
Boooooooooom Shocka Locka🍢🍢🍢🍢🍢🍢🍢🍢🍢🍢🍢🍢!!!! Staff is putting in that work!!! Keep that climb🍢🍢🍢🍢 https://t.co/jm12t1WFfU
— seminolejack54 (@seminolejack54) January 8, 2022
Aye lowkey…we just might be aight next year on mama nem. 🤷🏾♂️
— Fake Momentum….Glee!! (@Ble88edK1ng) January 8, 2022
Let’s gooooo🍢🍢 https://t.co/Ssi9HnzivK
— Ricky Bobby🍢 (@RickyBobby_NY) January 8, 2022
— Chris MFTK Guthrie (@chrisguth1389) January 8, 2022
— FSU vs. EVERYONE (@IknowNoles) January 8, 2022
Yessssss siiiiirrrrrrr!!!!! 🍢🍢🍢🍢 https://t.co/YqoxTYgh85
— ICEPICK ISAACS (@Coach_TF) January 8, 2022
The elation was three-fold. The amount of time it took to decide took much longer than most players in the transfer portal. The defensive end is a huge need for the Noles in this recruiting cycle. FSU football was battling Tennessee and Miami for his commitment, and FSU had already lost one recruiting battle against Tennessee on Early Signing Day with Tyre West.
However, I believe one of the biggest deciding factors was what FSU has done recently at the defensive end position. The Noles had two defensive end transfers in the same situation as Verse last year. Jermaine Johnson and Keir Thomas, with Johnson likely becoming a first-round draft pick and Thomas possibly getting drafted after making All-ACC. Johnson was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
That’s proof of concept, compared to Tennessee only putting three defensive ends in the NFL since 2012. I’m not sure Miami has even named a defensive coordinator yet, under Mario Cristobal. FSU has had other success at the position in recent years as well. Mario Edwards Jr., Demarcus Walker, Josh Sweat, Brian Burns, Joshua Kaindoh, and Janarius Robinson have all been drafted since 2015.
That’s a first-rounder, two second-rounders, and three fourth-rounders under multiple coaching staff. Verse will contend for a starting spot at the defensive end position immediately in 2022. Stay tuned to Chopchat as we discuss the importance and impact Verse will have on the program.