Norvell excited to bring in a GM, welcomes Fuller to FSU staff

Florida State coach Mike Norvell made an appearance on the ACC Network on Thursday morning. He spoke on a variety of topics and we’ll give you his thoughts on three below.

Hiring an FSU football GM

FSU is hiring Derrick Yray from Oregon State’s off-field staff to be the Seminoles’ general manager, according to a report on Wednesday. Yray will help Norvell with a big-picture focus on the football roster.

“When you look at the personnel departments and where college football’s going and the constant change of what a roster is from year to year, to make sure you have a declared set of eyes that are always making sure that the alignment within our personnel department, the current the current state of the roster, but also the future developments, whether it’s recruiting, whether it’s the transfer portal, the ebb and flow of needs and just keeping that in a coordinated approach,” Norvell said. “I’m really excited about the investment and the belief in where we’re going and the continued development of our roster from an administration to our coaching staff to the support staff that we’ve been able to hire and attract here to Florida State. It’s definitely an exciting time.”

A number of college football programs have assigned the role of general manager to someone in recent years, including Georgia Tech. (ESPN.com profiled the reasons why last July.)

FSU is clearly making a bigger investment in off-field staff, from analysts to recruiting staff and other areas. The school announced a few days ago that Bruce Warwick was being elevated to associate AD for football.

Corey Fuller’s return

Norvell hired FSU standout Corey Fuller, the head coach at Gadsden County High, as well as Keiwan Ratliff last week in off-field roles. Fuller will serve as FSU’s director of football relations, and Ratliff is the assistant director of high school relations.

“What a great addition to our program,” Norvell said. “Corey, for the wonderful Seminole he was when he was here as a player to what he was able to do there at the next level. But the passion, that’s something that shows up daily. We’ve been able to build a great relationship over these last few years. But it was just the right fit for us and for somebody to come in and to be able to share with our players that Seminole standard and that expectation day in and day out to make the most of the day that’s ahead and Corey has lived that. There’s no day that he goes into it just haphazardly. Everything that he does he is trying to be his best and he’s done that in all stages of his career and to be able to have him a part of our coaching staff and this program is really special. And also being able to be a connecting piece to the past players because the tradition here is so special and those past players for them to have another member that’s been through it with them that’s helping build for the future. It’s a great addition to our program.”

It is clear Fuller’s background in the NFL and as a high school coach will help in a variety of areas, from being a mentor to someone who can help re-connect players from the past back to the program. And it doesn’t hurt that Fuller has relationships across the Florida panhandle.

Fresh faces this spring

Norvell brought in a signing class of 15 as well as 10 transfers, the majority of which are in school for the spring semester. They are getting a jump on academics as well as the strength and conditioning program.

“We have 23 newcomers here that started in spring classes this semester,” Norvell said. “For them to get implemented into our offseason program, building those relationships, seeing the growth that they’ve already had, it’s definitely a unique year for that many guys to already be in place. But it really set up for not a whole lot going on yesterday (Wednesday). But really is accelerating the process for these guys in their transition for what’s to come here this fall.”

You can watch the entire Norvell interview on the ACC Network here.