FSU football: Will FSU pursue FAU safety transfer Teja Young?

FSU football coaches will likely search for an experienced safety prospect via the transfer portal. The Seminoles have redshirt senior Akeem Dent and redshirt sophomore Shyheim Brown in their rotation.

Both players have meaningful collegiate experiences. However, they will have to rely on true freshman option Conrad Hussey in a reserve role, who will be enrolling this summer. What if Akeem Dent or Shyheim Brown gets injured or subbed out due to fatigue?

We already saw Dent suffer an injury in the Cheez-It Bowl matchup against the Oklahoma Sooners.

The Seminoles have to replace All-ACC safety Jammie Robinson, who was very productive in Tallahassee. During his two-year career with FSU, he recorded 183 total tackles (12 tackles for loss), five interceptions, eight passes defended, and two forced fumbles.

FSU has been searching for viable options in the transfer portal thus far. Unfortunately, they struck out on acquiring top option Jaylen Key, who ultimately chose the Alabama Crimson Tide.

While the Seminoles added JUCO safety Ashlynd Barker, he will likely be a developmental player that will take multiple years in the strength and conditioning program before playing meaningful snaps.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Seminoles’ prayers may have been answered as FAU redshirt senior safety transfer Teja Young entered the transfer portal.

The veteran safety lists at 5’11” and 192 pounds. He was very productive with the Owls, as he recorded 47 total tackles and two interceptions returned for touchdowns during the 2022 season. During his five-year career with Florida Atlantic, he has recorded 159 total tackles, seven interceptions, 13 passes defended, three forced fumbles, and four defensive touchdowns. It is also worth mentioning that Young is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida.

Two Florida State assistant coaches have followed Young on his Twitter account thus far, Director of High School Relations Ryan Bartow and Defensive Scout Justin Crouse. This recruitment could move very quickly for the Seminoles.