FSU football has become a transfer portal destination for a variety of prospects who want to envision themselves in the NFL. There are several transfers included on the Seminoles’ roster such as Jordan Travis, Trey Benson, Johnny Wilson, Keon Coleman, Jaheim Bell, Jared Verse, Braden Fiske, Tatum Bethune, and Fentrell Cypress II (I could have included so many more).
Florida State’s defensive unit has risen to the challenge under the guidance of defensive coordinator Adam Fuller. The Seminoles only allowed 188 total yards as well as recorded seven sacks and fourteen tackles for loss in their 16-6 victory over the Louisville Cardinals.
FSU will now have to replace the likes of redshirt junior defensive end Jared Verse, who will most likely depart for the NFL. The former Albany transfer announced last offseason that he was returning to Tallahassee for the 2023 season due to having unfinished business where he wanted to bring a championship to Florida State and elevate his draft stock. The talented pass rusher really came on strong during the final two games of the season versus Florida and Louisville where he had a combined 4.5 sacks.
The Seminoles will have to likely explore options in the transfer portal at the defensive end position with Verse heading to the NFL. Florida State has certainly had success in finding viable pass rushers in the portal where Jermaine Johnson II and Keir Thomas made a name for themselves in Tallahassee.
On Monday night, Florida State extended an offer to Pittsburgh redshirt freshman defensive end Samuel Okunlola, who had 18 total tackles (six tackles for loss) and five sacks last season. The Seminoles were active with Okunlola when he was in high school, but they could not get the Brockton (MA) native to come to Tallahassee for a visit.
It could be tough sledding for this recruitment due to the fact that Okunlola’s brother (offensive lineman Samson Okunlola) is currently on the Miami Hurricanes’ roster. However, it is great to see that the Seminoles are active in the transfer portal at the position once again.