Florida State coaches went into the offseason knowing they needed to get help on the offensive line via the transfer portal. The Seminoles got a big boost on Monday night when Notre Dame’s Dillan Gibbons announced he would play at FSU in 2021.
“I’m excited to announce my commitment to Florida State University,” Gibbons posted on Twitter. “I look forward to helping Coach (Mike) Norvell, coach (Alex) Atkins and my new teammates win football games while pursuing my graduate education at home, in the Sunshine State.”
Gibbons, who played at Clearwater Central Catholic, appeared in 28 games over the last three seasons with his only start coming against Syracuse in 2020. He would have two years to play at FSU since he redshirted one year at Notre Dame and gained a season due to the pandemic.
Osceola football analyst Patrick Burnham watched film of the Notre Dame-Syracuse game over the weekend and sees Gibbons as a potential starter this fall. “I do believe based off that that game that he would at the very least be a part of the 7-8 man rotation that Norvell and Atkins want to establish,” Burnham wrote.
Gibbons continues a trend of Florida natives who have transferred to FSU this offseason. Among the other players who either grew up in the Sunshine State or played their high school football here are wide receiver Andrew Parchment, running back D.J. Williams, defensive tackle Keir Thomas, defensive back Brandon Moore and defensive back Jarques McClellion.