Top transfer portal DE Jared Verse picks FSU

Jared Verse made an apology and an announcement on Friday night. He need not apologize to Florida State’s coaches or fans.

The defensive end from Albany, who is considered among the top options in the transfer portal on the defensive side of the ball, picked FSU over Tennessee and a large group of offers. Verse (6-foot-4, 247 pounds) had 14 sacks in the FCS spring and fall seasons in 2021 before entering the transfer portal and finding his stock skyrocketing.

“I think he has a ton of upside but he has so much to learn,” Osceola recruiting analyst Charles Fishbein said. “I think he has more upside than Keir Thomas but right now is not at that same place that Thomas and Jermaine Johnson were coming in last year. He is a player that you need some patience with.”

Verse attended Albany in 2019 but did not play. In 2020, Albany did not play an FCS season and that set up a spring and fall season in 2021. It’s likely Verse will have as many as three seasons to play at FSU.

When he visited FSU in December, Verse said he quickly was developing a relationship with FSU’s coaches. And the Seminoles have again hit the portal for a major position of need as Johnson, the ACC’s defensive player of the year, and Thomas are now pursuing their NFL opportunities.

Verse joins a large group of players who are transferring to FSU for the 2022 season, including UCF linebacker Tatum Bethune. 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) have all opted to play for FSU.

“I’m thankful for all the support from the universities, coaches, and fan bases while making this big decision,” Verse posted on twitter before making his announcement. “It has been very humbling and i’m proud to announce I have made a decision. I’m sorry to anyone I may disappoint with my decision but I hope everyone can respect it.”