FSU football coaches continue to acquire talent that fits needs and improves the experience on the roster. FSU lost a lot of talent to the NFL Draft but has used the transfer portal to maximize its roster. The Noles had two targets on campus this weekend in former Alabama running back Roydell Williams and former Florida offensive lineman Richie Leonard IV. Both players committed to the Noles Saturday within an hour or so of one another. FSU lost two interior linemen and a running back to the NFL. They have talent at those positions but lack some experience, and that's where these two players come in. Both have one year of eligibility remaining, which helps the young players on the roster while bringing proven experience and production.
Leonard has appeared in 31 games, with 14 starts. Williams has played in 45 games, with 1,165 rushing yards on 234 attempts and 11 touchdowns. He also has 21 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Williams will look to help alleviate some of the pressure off Lawrance Toafili as the most experienced back in the room. Leonard will likely pair up with recent former Alabama OL commit, Terrence Ferguson in the interior. Those two guys will help open up holes for Williams to run through. The latter is a powerful back at 5'10" and 214 pounds. He doesn't have the top-end speed of Trey Benson, but runs with physicality and is tough to bring down. He will also help mentor the young running backs like Kam Davis, Samuel Singleton, and Micahi Danzy. Williams checks in at 6'2" and 310 pounds. The last two additions give FSU football 13 players total from the transfer portal. FSU has the bulk of their needs met from the portal besides the linebacker position. It'll likely be post-spring before they add someone there unless someone they like from Alabama or Washington enters the portal because of their head coaching changes.