FSU football has only acquired one transfer prospect thus far in former Georgia sophomore defensive end Marvin Jones Jr., who was announced as a signee by the Seminoles on Thursday afternoon.
There has been a portion of the fan base that has become frustrated with the lack of transfer portal commitments for Florida State. However, head football coach Mike Norvell has been regarded as one of the best in the country at acquiring highly-touted prospects in the transfer portal.
The Seminoles grabbed 12 transfers in 2023, 14 in 2022, 12 in 2021, and 10 in 2020. That is a total of 48 prospects that Norvell has secured in his four previous recruiting classes at Florida State. If history has any indication of the future, the Seminoles should be fine when it comes to getting who they want in the portal, especially after having a 13-0 season thus far.
One of the top transfer wants for Florida State has to be Washington State quarterback Cam Ward. The Seminoles will be losing redshirt senior signal-caller Jordan Travis (who suffered a season-ending injury versus North Alabama) and redshirt freshman AJ Duffy (who transferred to San Diego State).
The College Football Playoff committee snubbed the Seminoles' opportunity to win a national championship. The committee blamed it on Jordan Travis' injury as well as the quarterback play from backups Tate Rodemaker and Brock Glenn.
Going into the 2024 season, Florida State currently has three scholarship quarterbacks on their roster in redshirt senior Tate Rodemaker, redshirt freshman Brock Glenn, and true freshman Luke Kromenhoek. They have all combined to have three collegiate starts.
Insert the discussion of Washington State quarterback transfer Cam Ward.
Ward is a dynamic dual-threat option for the Cougars where he completed 323 of his 485 passes (66.6%) for 3,735 yards and 25 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He also showed the willingness to run the football where he had 120 rushing attempts for 144 yards and eight touchdowns.
Florida State had both Ward and Oregon State transfer DJ Uiagalelei on campus this past weekend. Each quarterback seemed to enjoy their time in Tallahassee. While I did allude in a previous article that I believe that I could see benefits in acquiring either signal caller, I think that the Washington State transfer has the higher upside.
We at ChopChat do not want to ever speculate on NIL amounts, but there were rumblings about the amount that Ward was asking for. It looked as though the arch-rival Miami Hurricanes were the team to beat in his recruitment after he took a visit down to Coral Gables. However, things have certainly gotten interesting with him taking the trip to Tallahassee.
Florida State has now defeated their arch-rivals three seasons in a row. The Hurricanes are now experiencing difficulties at the quarterback position after veteran Tyler Van Dyke elected to transfer to Wisconsin. Their top two transfer options at quarterback were Kansas State's Will Howard (who will be transferring to USC) and Cam Ward. If the Seminoles find a way to get Ward in the fold, Miami will be stuck with what they have on the roster or will panic to acquire their Plan C.
Overall, everything has gone wrong for the Seminoles in the past few weeks. It would certainly be a huge boost if Florida State was able to land a top-ten transfer prospect at a premier position.