LB Tatum Bethune chooses FSU

Florida State shored up a position with minimal depth by landing a linebacker with three years of experience.

Tatum Bethune had 108 tackles (60 solo, 48 assists) for UCF in 2021, including seven in a bowl victory over Florida. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Bethune added two sacks and two interceptions.

In three seasons, Bethune has 185 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

“Bethune will bring more athleticism to the linebacker group for FSU as well as a ton of experience,” said Osceola Football Analyst Pat Burnham. “He is very familiar with Randy Shannon who coached him at UCF and recruited him out of high school. He will likely factor into the starting lineup once he arrives on-campus. At the very least he will find himself in the three-man rotation when FSU utilizes its 4-2-5 alignment or in a four-man rotation when they utilize their 4-3 front. Bethune also offers the versatility to play both MIKE and WILL linebacker, something he did at UCF. This was huge addition for Mike Norvell who continues to use the transfer portal to add experienced players to what is still a very young roster.”

Bethune went in the transfer portal on Friday. He adds to FSU’s haul in the transfer portal, a group that includes receivers Mycah Pittman (Oregon), Johnny Wilson (Arizona State) and Deuce Spann (Illinois) as well as offensive linemen Kayden Lykes (Wisconsin) and Bless Harris (Lamar) and defensive back Greedy Vance (Louisville).