Florida State has done a tremendous job of acquiring talent via the transfer portal, especially with Alabama's collection of players. The Seminoles have taken advantage of legendary head football coach Nick Saban's shocking announcement to retire.
One pickup that has seemed to go under the radar is Alabama senior Malik Benson. The former No. 1 JUCO prospect in the Class of 2023 ultimately elected to sign with the Crimson Tide. The Seminoles were even interested in pursuing him while he was in JUCO. In the end, they were able to sign his JUCO teammate (DE Jaden Jones) but were not able to obtain Benson.
Just like with recruitments such as Marvin Jones Jr., it has started to pay off for Florida State they finished in second place when they were pursuing him. During the 2023 season, the talented playmaker only recorded 13 receptions for 162 yards and 1 touchdown.
Even with the limited opportunities with Alabama, Benson has the potential to take a 5-yard screen pass into a 75-yard touchdown with his blazing speed.