FSU football: Noles beginning to heat up in the transfer portal

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FSU football fans got impatient with transfer portal recruiting in the early part of the cycle as other teams landed players. It reminded me of how FSU fans reacted to Florida's recruiting in June, and we all know how that turned out. I talked about having patience in a recent episode on the Built For Playmakers YouTube channel, how FSU coaches historically have done much of their work after the Christmas holiday, and this year is no different. I also wrote about the positions FSU would need to fill from the transfer portal, and FSU has addressed two of those positions. There's likely more help on the way. However, FSU has added four top-tier talents from the transfer portal, with a 91.25 per player average. That average is only second to Georgia's 91.60. Three of the four players have multiple years of eligiblity remaining, with three hailing from South Florida:

  • Marvin Jones Jr.: Former five-star and No. 24 player overall in 2022
  • DJ Uiagalelei: Former five-star and No. 10 player overall in 2020
  • Jalen Brown: Former four-star and No. 68 player overall in 2023
  • Earl Little Jr.: Former four-star and No. 106 player overall in 2022

FSU recruited Jones, Brown, and Little extremely hard out of high school, and those relationships built paid dividends the second-time around. It's becoming the new wave as top-tier players seem to opt to transfer more frequently nowadays after 1-2 years. FSU still needs help on the OL, DT, LB, and DE. They have gotten a solid mixture of top talent and productive players to take official visits recently. A couple of names to keep an eye on would be Alabama OL Terrance Ferguson. He's the former No. 58 player overall in the 2021 recruiting class. Another name is Alabama WR Malik Benson, the former No. 1 JUCO player in 2023. Charlotte 49ers LB Nikhai Hill-Green visited recently, and Furman OL Pearson Toomey. WVU Transfer DE Tomiwa Durojaiye, Oergon State DE Sione Lolohea, Michigan State DE Zion Young, and Colorado State DT Grady Kelly. I wouldn't be surprised to see more guys added in the next day or so, as spring classes will get underway soon.

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