FSU football has already constructed the fourth-best recruiting class in the 2024 cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
The special teams have been a pivotal part of the Seminoles’ success this season. Fans have witnessed wide receiver Deuce Spann return a kickoff for a touchdown, Keon Coleman nearly returned a punt for a touchdown, and kicker Ryan Fitzgerald playing exceptionally well (minus the 29-yard field goal that was missed…announcers jinx).
During the offseason, fans were skeptical of Fitzgerald’s ability to be successful in 2023 because he connected on only 12 of his 20 field goals. He finished the 2022 season on a high note where he made 8 of his 11 attempts. The Seminoles brought in ETSU transfer Tyer Keltner, who competed with Fitzgerald this offseason.
However, the Collidge (Ga.) native ultimately won the competition and has performed at a high level this season where he has converted on 10 of his 11 kicks.
Florida State has emphasized the importance of that aspect in the future where they secured the commitment of three-star kicker Jake Weinberg from Delray Beach, Florida. The talented specialist has displayed his tremendous skillset.
On Friday afternoon, the Seminole commit connected on a 65-yard field goal during warmups for their contest versus Boynton Beach, which they lost by a score of 27-21. Weinberg has been committed to the program since January 2, 2023, and has made several trips to Tallahassee during the season.
Special teams coordinator John Papuchis and company have made the Seminoles a force to be reckoned with in that department. As I alluded to in a previous article, head football coach Mike Norvell has emphasized the importance of special teams during his tenure. While some teams might discount the idea of the unit, it is a foundational piece of what makes Florida State great.