When Jazston Turnetine decided to wrap up his college football career after five seasons in South Carolina, the redshirted offensive lineman entered his name into the transfer portal looking for a new home. While the process was hectic, Turnetine eventually found a perfect fit at Florida State.
“In the process of being in your senior year of college football, you’re not looking for butt,” Turnetine said. “You are looking for people who pay attention to detail. Who says to you, ‘Hey, these are your problems and here’s how we’re going to solve it.’
The 6-foot-7, 335-pound Turnetine isn’t interested in all the glitz and glamor that can sometimes attract a young recruit to a school.
“When you’re older, it’s like, ‘What is this coach’s background? What does he have to offer me? Where are the NFL connections? Where is the most experience?’” A he said. “When you’re older, you’re more into your craft. You pay attention to detail. You’re looking for friends for life, not just football. It’s not just a football life when you are older.
After appearing in 18 games at left tackle with the Gamecocks from 2020-21, Turnetine hopes to bring experience and depth to FSU’s roster. It’s a roster that has undergone huge changes since the arrival of coach Mike Norvell, especially on the offensive line, where the Seminoles have revamped themselves with a mix of newcomers and veterans.
Turnetine is the fourth offensive line transfer to join the team this offseason, along with Bless Harris (Lamar), Kayden Lyles (Wisconsin) and D’Mitri Emmanuel (Charlotte). The four have appeared in 3,273 combined offensive plays in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) over the past three seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.
FSU already fires four starters: Robert Scott Jr., Dillan Gibbons, Maurice Smith and Darius Washington.
“There’s a lot of talent and potential in there. [offensive line]”, said Turnetine. “It made me happy to have been welcomed without problem, without hassle. In college football, when you transfer from a different school, you have to earn your way and earn respect because you’re a new guy.
“At this point, I’m just trying to earn the respect of the room.”
Turnetine is confident he’ll adapt quickly to the Seminoles’ offensive plan because it’s just a matter of learning different terminology. His goal this summer and at fall camp is to work with FSU offensive line coach Alex Atkins to improve his game, where he cites run blocking as one of his strengths and pass protection. as an area for improvement.
“Coach Atkins has different theories and tools to properly coach pass protection at its best. That’s what I need. That’s what got me to Tallahassee. detail from him. He has so many different tools and methods to do a job. It’s kind of like, ‘Here’s the tool shed, do whatever you want to do.’
He credits his time at the SEC as helping him learn from his mistakes.
“Coming into the SEC, it was just strength, strength, speed, power,” Turnetine explained. “It forces you to grow faster, learn faster, and adapt faster; if you don’t, you fall and collapse.
The move also reunites him with former South Carolina safety Jammie Robinson, who transferred to Florida State last season. Robinson finished as the team’s top tackler (85 tackles) while leading the team with four interceptions.
“Jammie is a ball of energy,” Turnetine said. “When I got here he showed me the ropes and where to stick. He is smaller than me, but he took me under his wing.
For Turnetine, the move to Tallahassee comes down to one simple factor.
“I’m here for the people. I am not here for selfish aspects,” he said. “I’m here for the people because they’re your teammates, your brothers, the people you’re fighting with this fall.”
This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Matt Murschel at [email protected]sentinel.com or follow him on Twitter at @osmattmurschel.