FSU football: Alabama wide receiver transfer Malik Benson visiting the Noles

Alabama wide receiver transfer Malik Benson visiting the Florida State Seminoles.

Apr 22, 2023; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; White team wide receiver Malik Benson (11) catches a touchdown
Apr 22, 2023; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; White team wide receiver Malik Benson (11) catches a touchdown / Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports
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FSU football has been red hot in the transfer portal recently as they have now acquired six highly-touted prospects with Oregon State quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, Indiana running back/athlete Jaylin Lucas, LSU wide receiver Jalen Brown, Georgia defensive end Marvin Jones Jr., Colorado State defensive tackle Grady Kelly, and Alabama cornerback Earl Little Jr.

The Seminoles are not done with transfer portal prospects. You could refer to head football coach Mike Norvell as the "King of the Transfer Portal". Some fans raised concerns over the lack of transfer pickups right away, but Florida State has seemed to catch their stride.

One common theme of the Seminoles' acquisitions is the fact that most of the pickups are considered very athletic.

Wide receiver has been an interesting development for Florida State this offseason with the program losing big-bodied playmakers Johnny Wilson and Keon Coleman to the NFL. While the Seminoles have pass catchers such as Hykeem Williams, Destyn Hill, and Vandrevius Jacobs, they are largely unproven.

While I understand that neither Williams, Hill nor Jacobs have had expanded roles in the offense and are considered "unproven" because they have not played much this season. However, wide receivers coach Ron Dugans has made it a priority to continue to add playmakers at the position.

Florida State is hosting Alabama junior wide receiver transfer Malik Benson on an official visit. The 6'1", 195-pound playmaker had 13 receptions for 162 yards and one touchdown for the Crimson Tide last season. This could be a wonderful opportunity for both parties as Benson could get significant playing time while helping develop the younger playmakers on the roster.

The coaching staff was very interested in Benson last offseason. They even went to visit the wide receiver at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas when he played there. Interestingly enough, they were there to visit Benson, but they also ended up offering a fellow teammate of his in defensive end Jaden Jones.

Jones ended up signing with Florida State, while Benson signed with Alabama. This could be another example where the relationship pays dividends for a talented playmaker who chose elsewhere.

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