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Noles News: FSU gets flurry of transfer portal commitments

More on the way?

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Recruiting

Florida State is continuing to round out its 2024 roster — after signing the best high school class under head coach Mike Norvell, FSU has continued to add from the transfer portal.

The latest names? Former Indiana Hoosiers athlete and return specialist Jaylin Lucas, former Colorado State defensive tackle Grady Kelly, former LSU Tigers wide receiver Jalen Brown and former Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Earl Little Jr., who all committed for Florida State this past weekend.

Could another Alabama player soon to added to the list? The Seminoles offered Alabama running back Roydell Williams on Friday while wide receiver Malik Benson, who visited this past weekend, said he’s choosing between Florida State and Florida.

Who has FSU lost to the portal, and have they found a new home yet? Here’s a rundown:

Keep up with all the latest updates from the recruiting trail:

Football

2024 national championship odds are already out — Florida State currently sits at +1800, behind the Ole Miss Rebels (+1600), LSU Tigers (+1400), Oregon Ducks (+1100), Michigan Wolverines (+1000), Texas Longhorns (+900), Ohio State Buckeyes (+800), Alabama Crimson Tide (+600) and Georgia Bulldogs (+450), according to DraftKings.

FSU welcomed its early enrollees this past weekend:

Basketball

No. 22 Florida State women’s basketball (12-4, 3-1 ACC) added another notch to the win column, taking down Clemson on the road.

From Prince Akeem Joeffer:

We have discussed the issue that Florida State has with size. However, there is another side to that coin. If a team doesn’t have impactful size it is really tough to beat FSU as the Noles benefit from good wing play and they have exceptional guards.

It’s still early but with today’s win the Seminoles remain on track to secure a top four seed (and a double bye) in the ACC tournament which is one of the goals for the regular season.

Men’s hoops took care of business the night before in a second-half comeback in a sloppy back-and-forth against Virginia Tech that saw FSU win off free throws — Florida State’s (8-6, 2-1) 4th win in their last 5 games.

From Matt Minnick:

This was unquestionably Baba Miller’s best game as a Seminole. The sophomore filled up the box score with 8 points, 10 rebounds (3 offensive), 5 assists, and 3 steals.

Jaylan Gainey continues to look better and better on his road to recovery. He finished with 11 points—easily his high as a Seminole—on an efficient 5-7 from the field, to go along with 3 rebounds in less than 12 minutes of action.

Darin Green, Jr. started the game 3-3 (in the first 6 minutes). He didn’t attempt another shot until a few minutes into the second half. That’s unacceptable (teammates and staff both deserve some blame).

Virginia Tech came into the matchup ranked 6th in the country in free throw percentage, making more than 78% of their attempts. Today, the Hokies went 13-20 (65%) with Pedulla missing three (5-8). That made up for FSU having two points stolen from them.

The Seminoles shot 3-15 from three, with Watkins—FSU’s second-best deep threat this season—going 0-4. However, for the first time all season, the Seminoles didn’t let the missed shots impact their intensity on defense, or diminish their aggressiveness toward the rim. This made the difference in the game.

Soccer

For the fourth time overall and the third time in the past four years, another MAC Hermann Trophy is on its way to Tallahassee, dutifully earned by Florida State forward Onyi Echegini who joins Mami Yamaguchi (2007) and Jaelin Howell (2020 and 2021) as winners of college soccer’s top trophy:

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for Echegini — along with her national title, MAC Hermann Trophy, ACC Offensive Player of the Year and Tournament MVP honors, being named the Honda Sport Award winner for college soccer (given to the “best of the best in collegiate athletics”) and signing to Juventus, she was part of the Nigerian National Team this past summer where she helped her squad reach the Round of 16 in the 2023 FIFA World Cup.

Baseball

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Assistant Professor Olugbenga Moses Anubi, a FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researcher, developing technology to protect the electric grids of the future, aiming to allow energy transmission systems to keep functioning in the wake of cyberattacks:

A $2.89 million competitively selected cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy will fund $2 million of the work.

Current approaches to keeping the electric grid’s computer systems safe use artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect anomalies that signal an attack. This works well when the data they are trained on is similar to the operating conditions under which they function. But when they encounter new situations, the safeguards don’t work as well. Attackers may mimic extreme events to force their way into a system.

Anubi’s algorithms will solve this problem by combining knowledge of the electric grid’s operations with secondary information sources such as the energy market to estimate the “true states” of the system, which will be used to maintain critical operations. All this can happen while an attack is underway, essentially neutralizing the effects of the cyberattacks.

The approach uses a new machine learning/artificial intelligence method called “concurrent learning.” The proposed approach is very similar to the way the human body fights viruses. In this case, the domain knowledge acts like the primary vaccine to boost the grid’s immunity, while the secondary information sources act like a booster shot.

Anubi will use the hardware-in-the-loop system pioneered by Florida State University’s Center for Advanced Power Systems to test the reliability of the approach.