Transfer market: FSU looking for instant help

Over the past few days Texas State came out and said it will only take grad transfers or transfers. The days of players having to sit out a year are over. The NCAA has decided to grant a one-time transfer rule where prospects from one school can leave and be immediately eligible at another. Covid-19 forced college coaches to look in a different direction for players to fill out their rosters. 

One program that left early signing day with close to 10 openings on their roster was FSU. Mike Norvell and the coaching staff have already hit the transfer market hard. They landed Jermaine Johnson, who was a four-star prospect out of high school. FSU added some quality depth and a potential starter in the secondary with Jarques McClellion.

The most important recruit for FSU over the last few seasons was quarterback McKenzie Milton. He gives FSU the stability at the quarterback position they so desperately needed. We will break down these three signees and the impact we expect them to have and who else FSU is looking at right now. 

QB McKenzie Milton (Transfer from UCF)

Milton’s commitment to FSU changed the trajectory of the quarterback room. Before Milton’s commitment, FSU had more bad news hit when long-time commitment Luke Altmyer decided to take his talents to Mississippi. With the loss of Altmyer, FSU turned to the transfer portal and landed one of the best quarterbacks available. If not for a major knee injury over two years ago, Milton would have been one of the most sought-after quarterbacks since the transfer portal began. Milton can make all the throws. If he can make it back physically, even with some limited mobility, FSU will have a guy whose floor is 6-7 wins next year. 

DE Jermaine Johnson (Transfer from UGA)

FSU got little or no pressure out of its ends in 2020. The sack leader among the ends was Janarius Robinson (three sacks). Johnson had five sacks in 2020 and did not even start for Georgia. Johnson gives FSU an instant upgrade on the outside. One source I speak with who works in the transfer market said Johnson was one of the best available rush ends in the portal this year. Johnson is expected to start and to give an immediate impact to a defense that needs to get more pressure on opposing offenses. 

CB Jarques McClellion (Transfer from Arkansas)

McClellion started as a freshman at Arkansas. When Sam Pittman came in this year, along with dealing with Covid-19, McClellion decided to opt out of the season for health reasons. He comes back to Florida, where it was his dream to play for the Seminoles. We had the opportunity to watch Jarques in high school. He was a prospect who we felt at the time had plenty of upside. If he could reach his potential FSU could have a starter down the road. Worst-case scenario FSU will get a quality depth player who can make an impact on special teams Day 1. 

Others who FSU is seeking

Wide Receiver Andrew Parchment – (Kansas) In the past few months, FSU has lost receivers D.J. Matthews, Isaiah Bolden, Warren Thompson and Tamorrion Terry. Coach Norvell is looking to add some size to the wide receiver room. Before the 2020 season started Parchment was voted to the preseason All-Big 12 first team. With a QB change, his numbers declined from 65 receptions for 829 yards and seven TDs in 2019 to 24 catches for 197 yards and two TDs in 2020. The 6-foot-2 Parchment would give FSU a receiver that can help move the chains. He is a big, physical receiver who can go up and get the football. He would also give the Seminoles a player who can help inside the red zone. Parchment comes from Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla. He wants to play closer to home and with FSU’s need at receiver, this looks like a perfect fit. 

Defensive End Jason Munoz – (Syracuse) The former Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas star is looking for a new start. FSU is looking for a speed rush end. The 6-3, 245-pound redshirt freshman could give them a prospect who, with some added weight, could move inside and create a rush from the middle of the defense. Munoz is a solid prospect (3 star prospect in 2019) that has not come close to reaching his potential in college. 

Offensive lineman TJ Jackson – (Virginia Tech) Another prospect on the radar is Jackson, a 6-6, 377-pound lineman who played in 10 games in 2019 (two starts) and played in one game in 2020.

Final Thoughts

FSU’s needs heading into the transfer market was to sign 1-quarterback, 1-running back, 1-wide receiver, 2-tackles, 2-rush ends and one linebacker. There will be plenty of players entering the portal in the coming months, especially after spring football depth charts are released. This is a fluid situation and one that the Osceola will keep constant tabs on.

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