FSU football has made it a priority to acquire transfers that departed from the Alabama Crimson Tide where they have secured prospects such as running back Roydell Williams, wide receiver Malik Benson, interior offensive lineman Terrence "TJ" Ferguson II, linebacker Shawn Murphy, and cornerback Earl Little Jr.
It seems like head football coach Mike Norvell is delivering a huge statement to his Florida State Seminoles team after deciding to stick in Tallahassee with a new $10 million per year contract. While the Crimson Tide centered their attention around Norvell, he elected to stay true to the program that has allowed him to be successful.
Florida State had to lick its wounds in early December after the College Football Playoff committee placed Alabama at the No. 4 spot in the final rankings to snub the Seminoles of an opportunity to compete for a championship.
Ever since then, the Seminoles have seemed to go after the Crimson Tide where they are acquiring transfers off of their team and Norvell decided to decline the chance to be their next head football coach.
Speaking of transfers, On3 College Sports Business and Transfer Portal Reporter Pete Nakos reported that Alabama tight end Amari Niblack has officially entered the transfer portal.
While I understand that the tight end position is not considered a top need for Florida State, the Seminoles are having to replace redshirt junior Jaheim Bell (declared for the 2024 NFL Draft). The former South Carolina transfer was the Seminoles' third-leading receiver in 2023 where he recorded 39 receptions for 503 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Kyle Morlock did showcase flashes as a pass catcher as the season progressed, and the Seminoles are adding four-star signee Landen Thomas to the mix that Norvell referred to as "the best tight end in America". The tight end position has always been a focal point in Norvell's offensive schemes and can be utilized as a safety blanket for quarterback DJ Uiagalelei.
It is noted that adding another linebacker could be a bigger need, but you can never have too many playmakers in an offense that is looking to make a statement in 2024.