FSU football adds group of walk-ons

Florida State landed five preferred walk-ons on Wednesday afternoon, including quarterback Dylan McNamara from Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier.

McNamara, Zephyrhills (Fla.) Wesley Chapel linebacker Jorden McCaslin, Port Orange (Fla.) Spruce Creek offensive lineman Colin King, Cocoa (Fla.) offensive lineman LaNard Toney and Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze punter / kicker Mac Chiumento announced their decisions to join the Seminoles via social media. 

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound McNamara threw for 1,953 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior in 2020.

“The coaching staff welcomed me and was very open with me and made me feel like I’m gonna get the same opportunity as everyone else,” McNamara told the Osceola. “I’m willing to bet on myself and work hard to where I know I can earn that scholarship.”

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound McCaslin had 85 tackles and five sacks as a senior.

“I want to study business management and Spanish,” McCaslin told the Osceola. “But I love the campus and the academic side of the school as well as the facilities and everything FSU has the offer athletically.”

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound King was being recruited by Louisiana and FAU but opted for FSU.

“I chose FSU because it’s something you always dream about as a kid,” King told the Osceola. “The prestigiousness of the program stood out to me. I also have family that live close by and that’s big for me. Coach (Alex) Atkins and (Cooper) Williams are also great coaches and I felt a connection there. I’m betting on myself to do what I know I can.”

Toney is a 6-2, 290-pounder who has played primarily guard but could also factor at center.

“I chose FSU because they have a young O-line room,” Toney told the Osceola. “I saw that FSU was the best chance for me to start my first year. Also, they are very serious in their academics.”

Chiumento averaged 40.3 yards per punt as a senior.

FSU does not announce walk-ons as they are not technically signing scholarship paperwork. A large number of walk-ons make announcements as part of National Signing Day ceremonies at their high schools.

Coach Mike Norvell has awarded scholarships to walk-ons in the past, including running back Treshaun Ward and tight end Wyatt Rector.