Some media folks still believe Mike Norvell isn't an elite recruiter, but all the evidence continues to say otherwise. FSU had a strong showing among high school players in the 2024 recruiting cycle. The Noles added 22 prep players through the signing period, 15 blue-chip players, and may add another in Amaree Williams. If FSU adds Williams, the Noles will jump from No. 10 to No. 7. That would be the highest-ranked high school class since Jimbo Fisher's No. 6 class in 2017. However, not only can Norvell recruit prep players, he's arguably the best at landing quality talent in the transfer portal. FSU has added 13 players from the transfer portal. FSU's transfer portal class ranks as the No. 3 transfer portal class, and 10 of 13 are blue-chip players.
FSU is the only team in the country with a top 10 class in prep and transfers portal players. FSU's coaching staff is elite at threading the needle of finding quality players that meet specific needs. They have an excellent mixture of portal guys with one year of eligibility left and guys with multiple years of eligibility left at positions that need depth and experience. The guys with one year left like DJ Uiagalelei, Roydell Williams, Devonte Brown, Sione Lolohea, and Malik Benson, have excellent crops of top-tier young players who can learn from them. FSU needed to build depth at defensive end and defensive tackle and took guys with multiple years of eligibility. Many FSU fans panicked when the Noles were not active in the portal early, but FSU was selective in their approach. They still have one major hole to fill at linebacker and could take luxuries at a couple of positions if opportunities present themselves. Regardless of how they finish the class, this 2024 class will go a long way toward FSU as one of the top teams in the ACC in 2024 and beyond.