FSU football had a successful 2023 recruiting class, which features several highly-touted prospects such as Hykeem Williams, Lucas Simmons, Conrad Hussey, Blake Nichelson, KJ Sampson, KJ Kirkland, Brock Glenn, Lamont Green Jr., Sam Singleton Jr., among others.
However, most fans envisioned that there were not going to be a large number of true freshmen making significant impacts given that this football team is very experienced in returning production.
Coming into the 2023 season, individuals felt comfortable about the overall depth of the Seminoles. However, the safety position remained a question mark given that do-it-all Jammie Robinson departed for the NFL and reserve Shyheim Brown had to acclimate into a starting role.
One true freshman contributor at the position that has opened the eyes of a variety of staff members has been Conrad Hussey from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Unfortunately, the powerhouse high school does not allow their players to early enroll to the university of their choice. As a result, Hussey enrolled to Tallahassee in the summer.
It is vitally important for prospects to get adjusted to the speed of the collegiate game as well as have the extra practices in the spring. However, the safety was not afforded the opportunity to make a difference in the spring.
There was a thought process that Hussey might not be ready to contribute until his second season in Tallahassee. However, Hussey has showcased his ability to be an impact player at his position. Most notably, he has been a hard-hitting safety that has already forced two bone-crushing fumbles versus Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh.
He also recorded his first collegiate interception in the Seminoles’ 24-7 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Norvell exemplified confidence in Hussey’s ability by stating the following in a recent media session: “He’s got a great future ahead of him. We will see more and more of him as the season goes.”
Florida State has had rotational pieces at the safety position such as Kevin Knowles II and Ashlynd Barker, but it seems as though Hussey has found his spot in the rotation.
That speaks volumes to future recruits as Norvell emphasizes the fact that true freshmen can have meaningful playing time if they perform well.