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Green-McKnight is eighth member of 2020 transition class to depart FSU

Jadarius Green-McKnight is the latest Florida State football player to enter the transfer portal, the eighth member of the 2020 class to do so. An FSU spokesperson confirmed on Thursday that Green-McKnight is no longer on the FSU roster.

Green-McKnight moved from safety to linebacker and saw playing time as a reserve against Boston College and Florida. While he was not expected to factor in the two-deep at linebacker, Green-McKnight was the fourth-highest rated prospect in coach Mike Norvell’s transition signing class of 2020. The top prospect, Demorie Tate, hasn’t seen much playing time. Wide receiver Bryan Robinson and quarterback Chubba Purdy, the Nos. 2 and 3 signees, have also transferred. Defensive tackle Emanuel Rogers was also part of the class but did not enroll at FSU.

Norvell arrived at FSU on Dec. 8, 2019, with the early signing period just weeks away. Transition classes are historically volatile as prospects often depart schools due to coaching change.

Among the most productive players in the 2020 class have been those who were rated lower, such as three-star tackle Robert Scott and punter Alex Mastromanno. Four-star tailback Lawrance Toafili has added weight and strength in the offseason, and is widely viewed as an exceptional receiver out of the backfield. Ja’Khi Douglas was a consistent pass-catcher this spring now that he has made the move full time to receiver.

It’s also a class full of players the staff is developing, including receiver Darion Williamson, tight end Marketson Douglas and defensive back Sidney Williams. Offensive linemen Thomas Shrader and Zane Herring both practiced this spring after missing significant portions of time early in their careers due to surgery.

As expected, the transfer portal has been active in the past few months. Jarvis Brownlee, who was in the 2019 class, transferred this spring and landed at Louisville. Receiver Jordan Young (2018 class), defensive back Hunter Washington (2021 class) and tight end Koby Gross (2021 class) are recent players who have gone in the portal. Walk-on receiver Anthony Weeden also entered the transfer portal on Thursday.

The decisions by those entering the portal open up scholarship spots for Norvell to offer to transfer portal prospects or to extend scholarship offers to walk-ons.

Among those in the 2020 class who have transferred, all have found homes: Robinson (Marshall), Purdy (Nebraska), Corey Wren (TCU), La’Damian Webb (South Alabama), Carter Boatwright (Florida Atlantic), Jayion McCluster (Alabama State) and Josh Griffis (Jackson State).