FSU football received wonderful news on Monday night as Georgia sophomore defensive end transfer Marvin Jones Jr. announced that he would be committing to Florida State.
On Thursday night, Florida State's official Twitter (X) account announced Jones Jr. as an official member of the Seminoles' team.
The talented defender is the son of former legendary Florida State linebacker Marvin Jones Sr., who played for the Seminoles from 1990-1992. The former Class of 2022 five-star prospect was heavily recruited by Florida State, but the on-the-field performance was not ideal. As a result, Jones Jr. elected to sign with the Georgia Bulldogs.
Fast forward to now, the Seminoles have generated a ton of positive momentum for themselves where they have won 23 of their last 26 games, which includes 19 straight victories. This proof of concept allowed Florida State to get back into the mix for a caliber such as Jones Jr.
It is also noteworthy to mention that the Seminoles' defensive unit needed to find viable options to replace redshirt junior defensive end Jared Verse, who declared for the 2024 NFL Draft. The former Albany transfer combined to have 18 sacks in the past two seasons.
With pass rushers recently coming through the program such as Jared Verse, Jermaine Johnson II, and Keir Thomas, it displayed that this coaching staff could develop players of Jones Jr's caliber at the position. During his two-year playing career with the Bulldogs, he had 16 total tackles (5.5 tackles for loss) and two sacks.
This production should have an opportunity to elevate itself as he could become a starter that pairs alongside redshirt junior Patrick Payton. While the Seminoles have to replace quite a bit of experienced pieces on their defense in 2024, I believe that defensive coordinator Adam Fuller will have his players ready for when their number is called.