The Florida state soccer team’s sophomore coaches would likely prefer to be in a place where they wouldn’t have to rely so heavily on transfers.
But thanks to lackluster recruitment of former staff members – and high attrition from two head coach changes in three years – this has been a vital tool in Mike Norvell’s quest to turn the program around.
And don’t expect the Seminoles to change course any time soon.
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When the 2021 All-ACC teams were announced Tuesday morning, eight Seminoles were recognized. This was the largest transport for FSU since 2016, and all but one selected Seminole were transfers from other schools.
Defensive end Jermaine Johnson II and defensive back Jammie Robinson took first team honors, and they came from Georgia and South Carolina respectively. Defensive end Keir Thomas and running back Jashaun Corbin each won third team honors, and they started their careers in South Carolina and Texas A&M.
FSU also had four players who received an honorable mention, and three of them were transfers: offensive linemen Dillan Gibbons (Notre Dame) and Devontay Love-Taylor (FIU), and defensive tackle Fabien Lovett (Mississippi State).
Defensive tackle Robert Cooper, who also earned an honorable mention, was the only one of eight to sign with the Seminoles out of high school.
Once the All-ACC roster was released around 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, it didn’t take long for FSU staff members to send a message to other top transfer contenders who may currently be considering the Seminoles.
FSU Director of Player Relations Kenyatta Watson and Director of High School Relations Ryan Bartow quickly jumped on social media and made their pitch.
“Not happy where you are?” Watson posted on Twitter. “No worries! We’ve got you !!!”
Bartow dubbed FSU the “Ultimate Portal Destination”.
Why is the state of Florida in a position where it has to make so many transfers year after year?
This is mainly the result of a drop in recruiting that began towards the end of Jimbo Fisher’s tenure, it continued during Willie Taggart’s stint and was exacerbated by the attrition that comes with coaching changes. .
Of the 23 signers in Fisher’s last signing class at FSU in 2017 – players who could have been fifth-year seniors this season – only four remain: defensive end Leonard Warner, wide receiver Ontaria Wilson, offensive lineman Brady Scott and linebacker DeCalon Brooks.
Of the 21 Taggart First Class signatories in 2018, only seven remain – TE Camren McDonald, LB Amari Gainer, WR Jordan Young, WR Keyshawn Helton, OL Jalen Goss, DL Dennis Briggs and DL Robert Cooper.
And of the 22 prospects that Taggart signed in 2019, six are no longer on the list.
Here’s a look at FSU’s current efforts in the Transfer Portal:
* Updates on FSU’s efforts in the transfer portal this week
* FSU examining possible QB transfers
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