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FSU pursuing transfer DE Jared Verse

Redshirt freshman defensive end Jared Verse of Albany entered the transfer portal on Tuesday.

The FCS edge defender totaled 52 tackles, 11.5 TFLs and 9.5 sacks through 11 games in 2021 for the Great Danes. Programs such as Florida State, Penn State, Iowa, Michigan State and others have contacted Verse since entering his name into the transfer portal just a couple days ago. Verse discussed his experience in the transfer portal thus far on Thursday evening.

As a pass-rushing prospect from Arizona, Verse was not highly recruited out of high school. After some impressive production this season at Albany, and three years of eligibility remaining for further development, that has dramatically changed.

“Going into the recruiting process out of high school, I wasn’t highly recruited or anything like that,” said the 6-foot-4, 247-pound Verse. “But now being more highly recruited to colleges … It was a little overwhelming the first day or two (in the transfer portal).”

With two of FSU’s top edge defenders advancing from the program, finding capable players at the position is absolutely a need, whether it be from the high school ranks and/or the transfer portal. 

“Florida State has talked to me a lot,” said Verse, who is athletic and moves well. “I talked to Adam Fuller a pretty good amount. He’s the main (coach) I’ve been speaking to.”

Verse, who plans to enroll early, said he has also spoken to defensive ends coach John Papuchis. He delved further into his quickly developing connection with both of the Seminole coaches.

“I’ve developed such a strong relationship really fast with all of them,” said Verse. “They all seem so caring. They all seem like it’s about more than just football, and seeing what’s the best fit for me, and where I’ll go, and where I’ll fit in the program.”

Verse has already set up four visits, including a trip to Syracuse this weekend. He will go to Florida State on Dec 10, joining a large official visitor list that weekend, as well as trips to Iowa and Arizona State before the end of December. 

Verse plans to make his college decision around Christmas, when he can sit down and discuss it with his family and figure out what school is the best “fit” for him.