Florida State officially confirmed the addition of defensive end Jermaine Johnson, a senior transfer from Georgia, and defensive back Jarques McClellion, a redshirt junior transfer from Arkansas, to its newcomer group for the 2021 season.
Johnson and McClellion are on campus and enrolled this week for the spring semester. FSU previously announced the signing of UCF grad transfer quarterback McKenzie Milton in December.
“I’m excited to add two experienced playmakers to our program in Jermaine and Jarques,” FSU coach Mike Norvell said in a statement. “Jermaine is a dynamic pass rusher with huge upside. He has the potential to be a showcase figure in our defense as we move forward.
“Jarques has great length and brings a ton of experience having played 1,500 snaps in college. He is a former high school wide receiver from Florida, and we’re happy to have him back home.”
FSU has not formally announced wide receiver Andrew Parchment, a Kansas receiver who is not set to arrive until May or June.
Below is more from Johnson and McClellion.
Jermaine Johnson | DE | 6-5 | 260 | Eden Prairie, Minn. | Eden Prairie HS/Independence CC/Georgia
Appeared in 21 games with four starts in two seasons at Georgia, totaling 36 tackles, 8.0 for loss with 7.5 sacks, 24 quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and two pass breakups…made 16 tackles, including 5.0 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries and one pass breakup in seven games during 2020 season…sack total ranked second among Bulldogs…posted career-high-tying four tackles vs. No. 2 Alabama…played all 14 games in 2019, recording 20 tackles, 3.0 for loss with 2.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one pass breakup…registered 96 tackles, including 19.0 for loss with 12.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 20 games at Independence…rated as consensus top-three JUCO prospect nationally.
Jarques McClellion | DB | 6-0 | 188 | Delray Beach, Fla. | American Heritage School/Arkansas
Appeared in 24 career games with 20 starts and recorded 59 tackles, one interception and 11 pass breakups at Arkansas…sat out 2020 season…made 11 starts in 2019 and had 34 tackles, one interception and four pass breakups…registered career-high-tying five tackles in three straight games, including vs. No. 23 Texas A&M…made nine starts as redshirt freshman in 2018 and registered 25 tackles and seven pass breakups…had career-high five tackles, all solo, vs. Ole Miss…earned all-area and Sun-Sentinel Super 11 recognition as well as Brandon Flowers Defensive Player of the Year Award at American Heritage…recorded 46 tackles and 21 pass breakups with four receiving touchdowns as a senior…helped lead Stallions to 2015 3A state championship game after grabbing eight interceptions and making 45 tackles his junior season.
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