FSU football has seen a quick turnaround under Mike Norvell. One of the youngest head coaches in college football, Norvell endured many obstacles in getting FSU football back on the map.
It likely would have happened quicker had he not had to endure a pandemic affecting his first season in Tallahassee. Nevertheless, the staff worked to upgrade the roster quickly via the transfer portal while building a culture built on responding to adversity and accountability.
In year four, the Noles will likely enter the 2023 preseason among the top teams in the nation and betting favorites to win the ACC for the first time since 2014.
It’s no surprise some folks outside of Tallahassee are finally noticing things I’ve been saying for some time. I wrote this just the other day:
It looks like someone from ESPN read my tweet or something:
Here’s the thing, the 2022 recruiting offensive line haul will be physically mature and ready to contribute as early as 2024. FSU will have experience at the QB position, and blue-chip receivers like Hykeem Williams and Vandrevius Jacobs, will be contributors in a year or so. FSU looks like they’ll sign a ridiculous 2024 receivers class.
Tight-end recruiting has burst through its glass ceiling and will have experience. I could play running back for Mike Norvell and probably average 4.3 yards per rush. I’m joking obviously, but the man knows how to produce in the running game regardless of who’s back there, and FSU has one of the top running backs in the 2024 class.
Rodney Hill and Sam Singleton will have experience by then too. The offense will be top-tier. The defense has talent coming too. A young defensive tackle group from 2022 and 2023 will have experience.
FSU has signed a bevy of talented defensive backs and will likely have its best defensive backs class in quite some time in the 2024 recruiting cycle. The defense may not be elite, but what defenses are nowadays? The combination of higher-end high school recruits and top-tier portal players should keep FSU football near the top end of college football for the forseeable future.