Click Your School for Extensive Team Coverage

FSU Football Transfers: Norvell identifies needs, utilizes transfer portal to build out roster

Since taking the Florida State job last December, Mike Norvell has utilized a very straightforward approach to roster construction. This is arguably the most important task of a college coach: roster management. It blends both day-to-day maintenance and macro-planning. In Norvell’s case, the 38-year-old coach isolated roster deficiencies and sought to address his program’s needs.

A big part of this process has been the transfer portal; it didn’t take long for Norvell to starting adding pieces. Only a few weeks into his tenure, Norvell landed commitments from running back Jashaun Corbin (Texas A&M), defensive tackle Jarrett Jackson (Louisville) and offensive tackle Devontay Love-Taylor (FIU).

Throughout the winter and into the spring and summer, FSU has continued to added players via the transfer portal, including several Power 5 talents.

 

Jashaun Corbin – RB, Texas A&M

  • Immediately eligible for 2020 season
  • Redshirt sophomore with 3 years of eligibility
  • 14 career games
    • 483 yards rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • In 2018, he served as the backup to Trayveon Williams (346 rushing yards, 5.7 per carry)
    • Served as the kick returner for the Aggies, scored on a 100-yard return against Arkansas

Devontay Love-Taylor – OT, FIU

  • Graduate transfer
  • Two years of eligibility remaining
  • Starter at RT at FIU
    • Could see playing time as a starter at either tackle position in 2020

 

Jarrett Jackson – DT, Louisville

  • Redshirt sophomore with 3 years of eligibility remaining
    • Entered the transfer portal in Aug. 2019; didn’t play in the 2019 season
  • As a true freshman in 2018: 16 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks (No. 1 on Louisville’s roster)

 

Cornel Jones – LB, Purdue

  • Inside linebacker with size: 6-foot-2, 235 pounds
  • Played at Purdue for 3 seasons (2017-19); will redshirt in 2020, return to field in 2021
  • Career: recorded 99 total tackles and 3.5 sacks
  • During the 2018 season:
    • 12.5 tackles for loss
    • 3.5 sacks
  • 2-year starter for Purdue; limited to just 6 games in 2019 (injuries)

 

Deonte Williams – LB, Baylor

  • Instantly eligible for 2020 season, with 2 years of eligibility remaining
  • Redshirt in 2016; sat out 2019 season with severe arm injury
  • In 2 seasons with Baylor (2017-18), appeared in 16 games (4 starts)
    • 2017: 15 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery and 2 QB hurries
    • 2018: 11 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack

 

Meiko Dotson – DB, FAU

  • Grad transfer, immediately eligible for 2020
  • Spent 2 years at Georgia Tech (2015-16), redshirt in 2015
  • Led the FBS in 2019 with 9 interceptions
    • FAU led the nation in turnovers gained

 

Fabien Lovett – DT, Mississippi State

  • Former 3-star prospect (2018), played in 2 games during the 2018 season (redshirt)
  • Plans to apply for immediate eligibility
    • 3 seasons of eligibility remaining
  • During the 2019 season
    • 13 games: recorded 19 tackles, including 2.5 for loss

 

Jordan Wilson – TE, UCLA

  • Graduate transfer, immediately eligible in 2020
  • In 3 seasons with UCLA — caught 25 passes for 244 yards (9.8 yards per catch) and 2 touchdowns.
  • Wilson appeared in 34 games during his career with the Bruins

 

Jarrian Jones – DB, Mississippi State

  • As a true freshman, Jones played in 11 games: the former 4-star recruit recorded 12 total tackles, 2 pass break-ups and 1 fumble recovery
  • The 6-foot-1 safety may have to sit the 2020 season out; it’s unknown if he will be immediately eligible to play at FSU

 

 

Read More on FSU Football Transfers and FSU Football

WR Tamorrion Terry returns to the ACC as one of its top skill position players