BREAKING: Coveted defensive end transfer commits to Florida state
The first week of 2022 has been a successful one for the Florida State Seminoles. The Seminoles kicked off the new year by picking up the transfer from Illinois wide receiver Deuce Spann at midnight and they added the transfer for UCF linebacker Tatum Bethune on Tuesday.
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The good news continued to arrive on Friday as one of the best players available in the entire transfer market announced his decision. Albany’s defensive transfer Jared Verse has engaged in Florida State against Tennessee and others.
This is a huge development for the Seminoles. As the offseason approached, it was imperative that the coaching staff find a productive replacement to help make up for the losses of Jermaine Johnson and Keir Thomas. That’s exactly what they did by landing Verse in his stint from FBS to FCS. In fact, her conversations with Johnson and Thomas during her visit to Tallahassee in December were instrumental in her decision to become a Seminole.
“I’m not going to lie; Jermaine Johnson and Keir Thomas were both big factors,” Verse told John Garcia of SI All-American. “I was able to meet them and spend time with them both during my official visit. They were both in the same situation as me, where it was transfers that were successful very early on. The success of the team n ‘wasn’t where the coaches or players wanted him to be, but they have succeeded, especially Jermaine, to a point where he will be a screened choice in the first round, and Keir will be drafted as well.
“It was really nice to see people like that last year having all this success,” Verse continued. “Obviously we’re different players and things might be different, but it was a great layout that I got to talk to these guys about on my official. “
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The worm became a star in the spring and fall in Albany. He played four games in the Great Danes’ spring season, recording 22 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and four sacks. Verse followed that performance with 52 tackles, 11.5 loss tackles, 9.5 sacks and 13 rushing quarterbacks in 11 starts this fall.
The Pennsylvania native joins a Florida state defensive venue that currently houses Leonard Warner, Derrick McLendon, TJ Davis, Quashon Fuller, George Wilson, Byron Turner and Patrick Payton. It’s also possible that defensive tackle Dennis Briggs would flex outward and Amari Gainer could also help with rushed passing situations. Verse brings the experience and talent to become an escape player for the Seminoles.
“The first and second held are the most important,” said Verse. “You have to be able to stop the race in whatever league you are in, then the third is where the money is made. Go to a school where I would have the opportunity to make myself. Firing because teams pass more has never been a big priority for It’s a good bonus, but at the end of the day TFLs are important too.
“Obviously coaches want a passing accelerator, but if you can get TFLs and get into the backfield and be involved in every game, I think NFL teams will see a lot more value in it. “
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The 6-foot-4, 247-pound defensive end will have three more seasons of eligibility. Verse chose the state of Florida over offerings from Tennessee, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, Miami, and others. He’s a player some of the best programs in college football wanted, but the opportunity with the Seminoles was too much to pass up.
“There were games where we lost in the bottom of the fourth, and we just didn’t want to give up,” said Verse. “It’s just one thing I learned. I’m not giving up. I’m tall and fast and strong, and everything is cool, but everyone else at FBS level too. It’s work ethic and the no-stop will to win that I bring to the state of Florida. “
Verse will be signing up to Florida State in the next few days and training in the spring with the team. It should be well acclimatized in early fall. The coaching staff should also continue to look for other quality defensive end additions.
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