All this stuff feels like desperation to me. FSU has plenty of players from the high school ranks who will start or play plenty of snaps.
Maurice Smith, Kalen DeLoach, Renardo Green, Shyheim Brown, Akeem Dent, Patrick Payton(ACC Freshman Defensive Player of the Year), Lawrance Toafili, Darius Washington, Kentron Poitier, Ja’Khi Douglas, Markeston Douglas, and Joshua Farmer.
You know, you can rotate multiple players when you understand how to build a roster and create depth.
FSU used the transfer portal the right way to provide proof of concept on the field and to get wins.
That has allowed elite players to see the vision of where FSU football is going, and why they have a top five class with likely more blue-chip players on the way.
Miami has no momentum on the recruiting trail, and nearly all their top targets are off the board. Also, two of their commits will likely officially visit FSU for the Miami game in Tallahassee this fall.
They are nearly -17 point-betting underdogs against FSU football right now. What if FSU blows the doors off Miami again? If Miami doesn’t show some real progress in year two, the waning support Mario Cristobal has right now will be gone, and Miami fans will want him fired like Manny Diaz.
The only problem is they likely can’t afford to fire him. Plus, nobody with any real credentials would want that job. Cristobal isn’t known for being a great in-game coach, so if he doesn’t have a talent advantage, it’s not like he’s going to figure out ways to scheme up some wins.
All you have to do is revisit last season to see how that goes. They can trot a bunch of freshmen out there against grown men if they want. However, that’s not going to help their development or the wins and losses record. Good luck with that.