FSU football coaches have made transfer portal recruiting an art over the past few years. Mike Norvell has maximized that method to expedite FSU's ascension to the top of the ACC and a top-five program. One program that's been a victim of that success in the transfer portal is South Carolina. FSU has gotten former South Carolina players like Jammie Robinson and Keir Thomas in the 2021 recruiting cycle and Jazston Turnetine in the 2022 recruiting cycle. They took Jaheim Bell and Gilber Edmond from South Carolina in the 2023 recruiting cycle. If you didn't know any better, you'd think FSU used South Carolina as its junior varsity program. All of these players came to FSU and played significant snaps, except Edmond.
Edmond played nearly 700 snaps as a starter at defensive end for the Gamecocks in 2022 before coming to FSU as a rotational player, playing less than half of that many snaps. FSU was thin at the position and knew they needed depth from the transfer portal and got an All-Conference Pac-12 guy from Oregon State, Sione Lolohei. They got former five-star defensive end Marvin Jones Jr. from Georgia and an explosive defensive end, Tomiwa Durojaiye from West Virginia. Those three guys will join Patrick Payton and Byron Turner Jr., which means Gilber Edmonds would have likely seen even fewer snaps in 2024. That's one of the big reasons he entered the transfer portal and found his way back to South Carolina. However, that's not how Shane Beamer described it when talking to the media recently:
It does say a hell of a lot about your program Shane. It says it's where guys go when the competition for reps is too great. This is no knock on Gilber Edmond. I appreciate his one season in Tallahassee where he appeared in all 14 games. However, attempting to spin this like South Carolina, who finished 5-7 and didn't make a bowl game is somehow some great destination? If he were going to be a starter, FSU wouldn't have taken three defensive ends from the portal. FSU keeps the guys they want to keep unless they leave for the NFL. If they thought Gilber was valuable enough to keep, they would have done so. It's levels to this, and Shane Beamer should be happy FSU chose to raid other SEC programs for a higher caliber player and not South Carolina anymore.