Defensive end transfer was exactly what the coaching staff thought he was

Defensive end transfer Marvin Jones Jr. was exactly what the coaching staff thought he was.

Florida State defensive end Marvin Jones Jr.
Florida State defensive end Marvin Jones Jr. / Ehsan Kassim/Tallahassee Democrat / USA
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Florida State secured its first transfer prospect during the offseason where they acquired Georgia junior defensive end transfer Marvin Jones Jr.

Fans were excited about the acquisition as Jones Jr. was a prospect that the Seminoles wanted in the 2022 recruiting cycle. The American Heritage High School standout was a five-star prospect who eventually chose the Georgia Bulldogs.

His father, Marvin "Shade Tree" Jones Sr., was a fantastic All-American linebacker for Florida State in the 90's. Like father, like son, Jones Jr. decided to take his talents to Tallahassee after his two-year stint with the Bulldogs.

Jones Jr. only recorded 16 total tackles (5.5 for loss) and two sacks during his time in Athens. However, as he transitions to Florida State, he is looking for a larger role as a pass rusher. The Seminoles need to find viable options to replace the likes of Jared Verse, who declared for the 2024 NFL Draft.

During Tuesday's media session after practice, head football coach Mike Norvell discussed that the talented defensive end was what they thought he was. Norvell mentioned his athleticism and ability.

This will be an exciting 2024 campaign at the defensive end position for the Seminoles. Florida State brought back Patrick Payton who has continued to get better and better every season. While it does sting losing contributors such as Jared Verse and Gilber Edmond, the Seminoles should be more happy to get Marvin Jones Jr., Sione Lolohea, and Tomiwa Durojaiye in the mix.

I don't expect Jones Jr. to have a double-digit sack season since he is still getting acclimated to being a collegiate starter/meaningful reserve. However, I do think he can make the most of his opportunities with valuable reps. Defensive end coach John Papuchis should be ecstatic that Florida State was able to land such a talented piece.

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