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Noles News: Seminoles officially sign two more transfers, now have No. 5 portal class

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Mike Norvell claps during Florida State’s win over Duke
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Recruiting

Florida State officially added two more players to its 2024 signing class on Tuesday — Alabama Crimson Tide transfer wide receiver Malik Benson (who committed on ) and latest name defensive lineman Tomiwa Durojaiye out of West Virginia.

From Tomahawk Nation’s NoleThruandThru:

Durojaiye hails from Philadelphia, PA, and started his college career playing for Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats. He played in three games there and preserved his redshirt while working primarily with the scout team. He then transferred to play for the West Virginia Mountaineers and had a nice redshirt freshman campaign, notching 23 tackles (nine solo and six TFL), and three and a half sacks in 13 games.

At 6’4 278 pounds, Durojaiye has the athleticism to play multiple positions along the defensive line. He has a nice array of moves in his bull-rush technique and has shown the ability to shed blockers.

Durojaiye should be in the rotation once he learns the playbook and is expected to be a contributor. With three years of eligibility remaining, FSU loves his potential to eventually be developed into a starter.

Here’s what Mike Norvell had to say about the newest Seminoles:

“I am fired up to have Malik joining our program. He’s an explosive playmaker who brings elite-level speed and quickness to the receiver position. Malik was one of the top players in the country coming out of junior college and he showcased a tremendous skillset as a starter for a Power 5 conference champion. His attributes on film will be showcased at a high level here with our offense as he is primed to take the next step in his career here at Florida State.”

“I’m excited to be adding Tomiwa to the Nole Family. He is a great playmaker who has just scratched the surface of what we believe his potential is. He’s going to be a wonderful addition to our defensive front as he combines explosive movements with great size, strength and intelligence. He will be an impact player who will help uphold the standard of our Seminole defense. Tomiwa is a great young man who has a very high ceiling within our program.”

The two signees give FSU the No. 5 transfer class in the country according to 247SportsOn3’s rankings factor in talent lost in addition to gained and have FSU at No. 10.

247Sports is the only of the two services that combines both high school signees and transfers — according to their rankings, Florida State’s full overall 2024 signing class ranks No. 7 in the country (high school-only is No. 10, On3 has them at No. 11).

Make sure you’re checking the Tomahawk Nation recruiting and transfer portal thread — the boys have been putting in some work making it somehow even more of an awesome resource for everything happening on the recruiting trail, constantly updating the main article to make it easier for you all to track the latest news.

2024 Florida State Signing Class

  • Cai Bates | DB | 6-2 , 180 lb. | Orlando, Fla. | Edgewater High School
  • Malik Benson | WR | 6-1 , 195 lb. | Lansing, Kan. | Lansing High School/Alabama
  • Davonte Brown | DB | 6-2 , 185 lb. | Plantation, Fla. | American Heritage High School/Miami
  • Jalen Brown | WR | 6-1 , 180 lb. | Miami, Fla. | Gulliver Prep/LSU
  • Jonathan Daniels | OL | 6-4 , 280 lb. | Pensacola, Fla. | Pine Forest High School
  • Micahi Danzy | RB | 6-1 , 180 lb. | Tallahassee, Fla. | Florida State University School
  • Kam Davis | RB | 5-10 , 220 lb. | Albany, Ga. | Dougherty High School
  • Tomiwa Durojaiye | DL | 6-4 , 280 lb. | Philadelphia, Pa. | Middleton HS (Del.)/West Virginia
  • Jamorie Flagg | DL | 6-3 , 300 lb. | Miami, Fla. | Booker T. Washington High School
  • Camdon Frier | WR | 6-0 , 185 lb. | Lake City, Fla. | Columbia High School
  • BJ Gibson | WR | 6-0 , 190 lb. | Rochelle, Ga. | Wilcox County High School
  • Timir Hickman-Collins | LB | 6-0 , 220 lb. | Fort Mill, S.C. | Indian Land High School
  • DD Holmes | DL | 6-6 , 250 lb. | Washington, D.C. | Gonzaga High School
  • Jamari Howard | DB | 6-2 , 185 lb. | Miami, Fla. | Norland High School
  • Tye Hylton | OL | 6-5 , 280 lb. | Oviedo, Fla. | Oviedo High School
  • Manasse Itete | OL | 6-5 , 290 lb. | Modesto, Calif. | Central Catholic High School
  • Marvin Jones Jr. | DL | 6-5 , 250 lb. | Sunrise, Fla. | American Heritage High School/Georgia
  • Grady Kelly | DL | 6-2 , 285 lb. | Navarre, Fla. | Navarre High School/Colorado State
  • Ricky Knight III | DB | 6-0 , 175 lb. | West Palm Beach, Fla. | Cardinal Newman High School
  • Luke Kromenhoek | QB | 6-4 , 205 lb. | Savannah, Ga. | Benedictine Military School
  • Charles Lester III | DB | 6-1 , 185 lb. | Venice, Fla. | Venice High School
  • Earl Little Jr. | DB | 6-1 , 190 lb. | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | American Heritage HS/Alabama
  • Jaylin Lucas | RB | 5-9 , 175 lb. | Houma, La. | Edna Karr High School/Indiana
  • Lawayne McCoy | WR | 6-1 , 180 lb. | Miami, Fla. | Miami Central High School
  • Elijah Moore | WR | 6-4 , 200 lb. | Olney, Md. | Good Counsel High School
  • Jayden Parrish | LB | 6-1 , 215 lb. | Delray Beach, Fla. | Atlantic High School
  • Landen Thomas | TE | 6-4 , 245 lb. | Moultrie, Ga. | Colquitt County High School
  • Jayden Todd | OL | 6-6 , 350 lb. | Dublin, Ga. | West Laurens High School
  • DJ Uiagalelei | QB | 6-4 , 245 lb. | Inland Empire, Calif. | St. John Bosco HS/Oregon St.
  • Jake Weinberg | K | 5-10 , 170 lb. | Delray Beach, Fla. | American Heritage High School
  • D’Nas White | DL | 6-4 , 335 lb. | Concord, N.C. | Jay M Robinson High School

Football

The final rankings of the 2023 season were released yesterday, if you felt like getting mad about everything once again — FSU was No. 6 in both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll, tied with the Oregon Ducks in the former.

If you feel like getting happy about the season again, Jordan Silversmith continued his look at the best performances from 2023, this time looking at offense (skill positions only, with no offense and only love intended to the beefy boys in the trenches):

The Florida State offense always puts opposing defenses in a bind. If a team stacked the box, good luck 1 on 1 outside with those receivers. Trey Benson and Co. would pound the rock into oblivion if they played with two safeties back. Such a multiple offense does not come around often and became the hallmark of the unit.

Although the offensive outputs at the end of the season did not meet FSU standards, this was the best offense in the ACC in the 2023 season and should be remembered as such. Per FSU Sports Info, FSU was the only team in the country with a scoring stretch outscoring opponents by at least 17 points in every regular-season game in 2023 (with its eight games with a plus-24 scoring run ranked second) while also leading the conference in yards per completion, fewest interceptions and fewest total turnovers.

Tonight, the winner of the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award will be announced — Mike Norvell is one of six finalists, alongside David Braun (Northwestern Wildcats), Jamey Chadwell (Liberty Flames), Kalen DeBoer (Washington Huskies), Eliah Drinkwitz (Missouri Tigers), Rhett Lashlee (SMU Mustangs), Nick Saban (Alabama Crimson Tide), and Steve Sarkisian (Texas Longhorns).

Basketball

Well, well, well — that quick expression of pleasant surprise isn’t the only thing with three Ws, as FSU basketball has found itself on a three-game win streak for the first time since 2021-2022. The Seminoles led for 33 minutes against Wake Forest, beating a Demon Deacons squad that was riding a nine-game win streak by way of a 87-82 score at home:

From Matt Minnick:

— There was a noticeable and concerted effort to get into the paint and to the rim. Although it didn’t pay off with a lot of made shots, as Florida State actually shot a terrible percentage on layups and short jumpers, it forced Wake Forest into foul trouble and also allowed FSU shooters to get open looks from the perimeter.

— Resiliency when things aren’t going well is drastically improved from a few weeks ago. In games vs. the Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, North Carolina Tar Heels, and SMU Mustangs, opponents turned 7-0 runs into 15-0 or 19-1 knockout punches. But in this one, FSU was able to dig deep and find a way to get a stop or a bucket (or both) to limit the damage.

— Darin Green, Jr. said over the winter break that his goal is to play in the NCAA Tournament and his actions back up his words. He’s taken his defense to levels I was previously not sure he could reach (five steals!), while still making shots. In one play late in the game he intercepted a pass, streaked in for a rim shaking dunk, and then while his teammates celebrated, he was the first one back to stop Wake in the paint from getting an easy transition basket. Huge tip of the cap to the senior, who was worth the price of admission himself.

— Jamir Watkins had his best game in a few weeks, and boy was it needed. The transfer from VCU filled up the box score with 19 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, a block, a steal, and several deflections. Perhaps most impressive was his 11-11 performance from the free throw line. There’s no way the ‘Noles win this game without him.

— Baba Miller continued his much improved, more confident play. Two free throws at the end of the first half were big for his confidence and to give FSU the lead after a hard-fought first half.

— Jalen Warley is a really good defender. That’s it. That’s the takeaway.

Some nice props for FSU guard Carla Viagas from Her Hoop Stats, who has been phenomenal so far in her freshman season:

The 5-foot-9 freshman from Spain is a phenomenal spot-up shooter, and even when she isn’t given room, she has the ability to create all she needs with a quick step-back and even quicker release. And with 90.4% of her points coming from long range—the second highest among all Power Five freshmen averaging 10 or more minutes per game—she serves as a major deterrent for opponents thinking about doubling up on her teammates in the paint. As Viegas continues to gain experience at the college level, the impact she provides for her team will only grow.

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No. 16 Florida State swimming and diving earned a win over Harvard on Tuesday: