Many FSU football media folk didn't think FSU would take as many players from the transfer portal as they had in years past as recently as a couple of months ago. However, I've always thought FSU would take a hefty transfer class between 8-10 players, and the coaching staff has exceeded even my expectations with 14 additions thus far and could have a few more additions. There probably was more attrition from the roster than expected, which attributed to a couple more additions. The retirement of Nick Saban from Alabama likely provided more viable options as well because FSU coaches recruited several of those players while they were in high school and had those existing relationships.
Most FSU football fans and those familiar with the program expected some drop-off after the 2023 season. FSU had many guys with tremendous production to return in 2023 for one final go at winning the ACC and a National Championship. Most of those guys have departed to prepare for the NFL Draft, which will result in the most FSU players drafted since 2021. However, the work the coaches have done in the transfer portal has fans thinking differently than a couple of months ago. Here are five huge reasons the transfer portal has fans excited about the 2024 season.