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Florida State football: UCLA tight end transfer Jordan Wilson commits to Seminoles

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From Cali to Tally!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 18 UCLA at USC Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

While restrictions in recruiting have limited opportunities for coaches to make face-to-face impressions on recruits and transfers alike, the Florida State Seminoles football staff has been efficient in securing talent through the transfer portal, from last year’s nationwide leader in interceptions in FAU transfer Meiko Dotson to Mississippi State defensive lineman Fabien Lovett, and former Baylor defensive end Deonte Williams.

That trend continued Saturday with redshirt senior UCLA tight end Jordan Wilson announcing his intentions to extend his college career in Tallahassee.

Wilson announced his intention to transfer out of the Bruins’ program in late January.

While at UCLA, Wilson played in 34 games and accumulated 25 catches for 244 yards and 2 touchdowns. Most of this production was actually in his redshirt freshman season, during which he had 16 receptions for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns in 8 games played.

The move helps add depth to a position that’s seen some movement this offseason. Florida State lost tight end Tre’ McKitty to Georgia via the transfer portal this season

Wilson, listed at 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, was a three-star prospect coming out of high school, ranked as the No. 37 tight end in the country by 247Sports.

For the extremely curious, here’s his full bio from UCLA’s site:

2019: Saw action in 12 games, with one start (Cincinnati) ... Made catches in six games and also played on special teams ... Had a season-long 21-yard receptions versus Arizona ... Made two catches at USC, one for 14 yards.

2018: Saw action in 10 games as a reserve tight end and special teams member ... Caught passes against Cincinnati (12 yards) and Oklahoma (5 yards).

2017: Saw action in 12 games and made six starts (Oregon, Washington, Utah, USC, Cal, Kansas State) ... Caught at least one pass in each of the last seven games of the season ... Totaled a season-high four pass receptions each in contests against Oregon and Washington ... Hauled in scoring passes at Memphis (5 yards) at Washington (8 yards).

2016: Did not see game action in his first year in the program.

HIGH SCHOOL: Listed as a three-star recruit by scout.com and rated as the No. 38 tight end prospect in the nation ... Rivals.com three-star recruit, No. 12 in the state of Tennessee and rated as the No. 18 tght end in the country ... Prepstar All-Southeast Region selection ... As a junior, he caught 21 passes for 317 yards and a touchdown ... His team won the TSSAA State football championship in 2014 ... Also lettered in basketball and averaged 15 ppg as a junior.

PERSONAL: Full name: Jordan Shamar Wilson ... Born in Nashville, Tenn. ... Parents: Patrick Wilson and Tara Holt ... Has three younger sisters - Kyla, Morgan and Katelyn ... Lists his biggest athletic thrill as beating his rival high school to win the state championship ... The NFL’s Calvin Johnson is his favorite player ... Likes to play video games and basketball in his spare time ... Named to the Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll in Fall 2016.

Head to our Florida State Seminoles football recruiting thread to join discussion about Wilson’s commitment, who else in the portal (and everywhere else on the trail) is on FSU’s radar and more.