Some FSU football fans have expressed some of their displeasure with being able to land transfers this offseason. However, the fact is that this coaching staff has made a name for themselves when it comes to picking up transfers in the portal.
While most individuals know that you cannot solely rely upon the portal to construct their football team in its entirety, it is very useful to stockpile depth or bring in veteran pieces to bridge starting positions. As of right now, the Seminoles have two transfers signed in former Oregon State quarterback DJ Uiagalelei and former Georgia defensive end Marvin Jones Jr.
On Saturday afternoon, former LSU wide receiver transfer Jalen Brown committed to the Seminoles.
Florida State did a tremendous job in their 2024 recruiting class where it is ranked No. 9 in the 247Sports Composite rankings. While I understand the frustration about losing five-star safety KJ Bolden to Georgia, five-star wide receiver Jeremiah Smith sticking with Ohio State, and five-star defensive lineman LJ McCray sticking with Florida, the Seminoles ended up having a remarkable class.
This 2024 class could be the one that builds the foundational depth of the program. However, with the age of the transfer portal, prospects sometimes get impatient when waiting for their opportunities or they even see better situations elsewhere. There is a high probability that a chunk of the 2024 recruiting class will not finish their careers at Florida State.
While I get that recruiting is the foundation on which elite programs are built, the landscape of college football is changing drastically. I realize that the Orange Bowl matchup in late December versus the Georgia Bulldogs was deemed meaningless. However, it did indicate where the Seminoles depth stood with one of the nation's best.
There needs to be transfer acquisitions secured this offseason within the defensive line and linebackers. I quite frankly do not blame fans for being frustrated given that they lose a lot of talent at both positions. While I get the argument that the coaching staff must be doing something right with having a 23-4 record over the past two years (which is true), the fact still remains that talent should be stockpiled at the positions to continue the upward trajectory at Florida State.
I have the utmost confidence in the coaching staff's ability to secure more highly-touted transfer prospects for this program. For reference, some transfers to be mindful of on the Seminoles' radar are Alabama defensive back Earl Little Jr. and Alabama offensive guard Terrence Ferguson (who might take more visits).