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Live updates: Norvell meets media on early signing day

Mike Norvell opens by saying FSU met a lot of needs. “We addressed a lot of the needs that we had.”

FSU is announcing 14 signees, full class could mean 25 or as many as 32 with the new +7 legislation. Norvell says the Seminoles will push to sign a full class.

He feels there is an opportunity for the coaching staff to fill more spots in the coming days. Early signing period runs through Friday.

He likes the size, length and versatility of the 2022 class.

Mentions OL signees Kanaya Charlton, Qae’shon Sapp, Jaylen Early and Daughtry Richardson first. Give OL coach Alex Atkins credit for the class of OL.

Sam McCall is a “tremendous athlete. He has shown his skillset through his high school career.” Calls the five-star defensive back a playmaker.

Norvell said he has known A.J. Duffy since his days at Arizona State. He knew Duffy’s dad, who is a high school coach. He will have an opportunity to compete here early in his career.

Again, Norvell discussing Brian Courtney and Jerrale Powers both as tight ends.

Rodney Hill has a similar skill set to Lawrance Toafili.

Norvell discusses the defensive linemen and feels it’s a group that can come in and help early.

Norvell thinks DE Aaron Hester can be impactful off the edge.

NIL has “changes some of the dynamics” in recruiting and decision making with student-athletes. He feels the APEX program has done a good job of educating prospects.

Norvell says receiver is among the most pressing needs for the program. Not specific about if preference is to grab high school or transfer players, but best available options are almost undoubtedly receivers.

Norvell speaks to the need to find a balance between high school prospects and transfer portal options with the 2022 class.

Azareyeh Thomas “is a dynamic playmaker. … We’re going to have to find ways to get the ball in his hands.” Says he was one of the best players in the Florida panhandle.

Norvell says it was a true joy to get back on the road to get to know prospects and families.

Norvell says he thinks the early signing period needs to be evaluated. It was established with good intentions. There are a number of moving pieces. “All things need to be evaluated … it’s had a big affect on early signing day.”

Norvell declines to address any staff changes but said he is grateful for coach Dillingham and his contributions to the program, wishes him best in his move to Oregon. He says today is about FSU’s signees.

That’s a wrap on Norvell.