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Transfer quarterback DJ Uiagalelei officially signs with Florida State

In his career, he has totaled 9,451 yards of total offense courtesy of 8,319 yards and 57 touchdowns passing and 1,132 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing

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Happy New Year!

Florida State football received some huge news on the recruiting trail, as Oregon State Beavers quarterback transfer DJ Uiagalelei announced he’d be finishing his college career in the garnet and gold.

His signing with the Seminoles was officially announced on Tuesday.

“I’m excited to have DJ join the Nole Family,” head coach Mike Norvell said. “He is a proven winner, and his record as a starting quarterback is impressive. He has showcased incredible leadership on the field, and how he treats people off the field is remarkable. DJ is an extremely hard worker who is excited to continue to develop in this system and be around the great playmakers we have here. DJ adds a great deal of experience, talent and play-making ability into a quarterback room that we are extremely excited about as we enter 2024. He has great size and ability, is incredibly accurate pushing the ball down the field and is one of the top quarterbacks in the country in big-play percentage. I am thrilled to be adding this talented football player, dedicated student and wonderful person into our Nole Family.”

Uiagalelei spoke with ESPN regarding his decision:

Uiagalelei said he had long been an admirer of both coach Mike Norvell and Florida State’s aggressive offensive schemes. But he learned more about the program from Travis.

“He told me that Coach Norvell and [quarterbacks coach Tony] Tokarz are great coaches and coach you hard and will develop you,” Uiagalelei said in a phone interview Monday. “He also said that outside football, they really cared about him as a person.”

Uiagalelei said Travis relayed a story about a three-game ACC losing streak in 2022 and how the coaches reacted. Travis told Uiagalelei: “They asked, ‘How are you doing as a person?’ They said, ‘I’m here for you, not just as a coach, but also as a friend.’ That’s something that I value and had at Oregon State with Coach [Jonathan] Smith and Coach [Brian] Lindgren. ... Obviously they are about the right stuff.”

Uiagalelei, who measures 6’4 250 pounds, and began his college career for the Clemson Tigers, played in 12 games for Oregon State this past season, completing 57% of his passes, while throwing for 2638 yards (220 yds/game) on a career-high 8.4 yards per attempt and 21 touchdowns (against 7 interceptions). He also added 219 yards on the ground along with 6 touchdowns.

In his career, he has totaled 9,451 yards of total offense courtesy of 8,319 yards and 57 touchdowns passing and 1,132 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing.

He has an incredibly strong arm and should be an asset with his legs in short-yardage situations.


His official FSU bio:

TALLAHASSEE – Florida State has added quarterback DJ Uiagalelei to its #Tribe24 signing class, it was announced Tuesday. The Inland Empire, California, native and transfer from Oregon State previously played at Clemson and St. John Bosco High School and is the 24th member of FSU’s 2024 class.

“I’m excited to have DJ join the Nole Family,” head coach Mike Norvell said. “He is a proven winner, and his record as a starting quarterback is impressive. He has showcased incredible leadership on the field, and how he treats people off the field is remarkable. DJ is an extremely hard worker who is excited to continue to develop in this system and be around the great playmakers we have here. DJ adds a great deal of experience, talent and play-making ability into a quarterback room that we are extremely excited about as we enter 2024. He has great size and ability, is incredibly accurate pushing the ball down the field and is one of the top quarterbacks in the country in big-play percentage. I am thrilled to be adding this talented football player, dedicated student and wonderful person into our Nole Family.”

DJ Uiagalelei | QB | 6-4 | 245 | Inland Empire, Calif. | St. John Bosco/Clemson/Oregon State

Transfer from Oregon State who began his collegiate career at Clemson…has appeared in 48 games with 40 starts and holds 30-10 record as starter…totaled 9,451 yards of total offense courtesy of 8,319 yards and 57 touchdowns passing and 1,132 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing…2023 Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist…started all 12 games he appeared in 2023, leading Beavers to 8-4 regular-season record…was 180-of-315 passing for 2,638 yards and 21 touchdowns with 219 rushing yards and six scores…passing touchdowns total tied for sixth-highest single-season output in OSU history…produced big-time throw rate of 6.8 percent to rank among nation’s leaders via PFF…QBR of 80.6 ranked 13th nationally…was 19-of-25 for 275 yards and career-high-tying five touchdowns in 52-40 victory at Cal…averaged 20 yards per completion in 26-9 win vs. San Diego State and 62-17 win vs. Stanford…ranks in top-10 on Clemson career lists for completions, passing touchdowns, quarterback rushing touchdowns, passing yards and wins as starting quarterback…was 515-of-861 passing for 5,681 yards and 36 touchdowns while adding 913 yards and 15 touchdowns on 275 rush attempts and finishing 22-6 in starts during three seasons with Tigers…two-time All-ACC Academic Team selection and three-time ACC Honor Roll recipient…was 26-of-41 passing for 371 yards and career-high five passing scores in 51-45 win at No. 21 Wake Forest in 2022, becoming first Clemson player with at least 370 passing yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions since Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson in 2015…pass efficiency rating of 146.4 in 2020 was fifth-highest by ACC freshman since 2002…was 30-of-41 passing for 342 yards and two touchdowns plus one rushing score in first collegiate start to lead Tigers to 34-28 win vs. Boston College…18-point comeback vs. Eagles was largest in Memorial Stadium history…passed for career-high and CU freshman-record 439 yards with two touchdowns on 29 completions and added rushing score at No. 4 Notre Dame…broke record for most passing yards by Irish opponent, bettering previous mark of 425 yards set by Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer from USC in 2002…rated as No. 2 prospect nationally, No. 1 pro-style quarterback and No. 2 prospect from California in Class of 2020 by 247Sports…also rated as country’s No. 1 pocket passer by ESPN…named U.S. Army All-American after leading St. John Bosco to No. 1 national ranking and California 7A state championship his senior year…passed for 410 yards and four touchdowns and had 67 yards and one touchdown rushing in state championship game…named 2018 National Offensive Player of the Year by USA Today.

From his Clemson bio:

Completed 515-of-861 passes (59.8 percent) for 5,681 yards with 36 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 1,913 snaps over 36 games (28 starts) for the Tigers from 2020-22 … also recorded 275 career carries for 913 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground and caught one six-yard pass … went 22-6 as a starter, matching 1981 national championship quarterback Homer Jordan for the seventh-most career wins by a Clemson starting quarterback … departed Clemson ranked in the Top 10 in career pass attempts (861, fifth), completions (515, sixth), passing touchdowns (36, seventh), rushing touchdowns by a quarterback since 1953 (15, tied for seventh) and passing yards (5,681, eighth) … two-time All-ACC Academic Team selection.

2022: Completed 229-of-370 passes with career highs in passing yards (2,521) and passing touchdowns (22) in 816 snaps over 13 games (all starts) … also added career highs in rushing attempts (142), rushing yards (545) and rushing touchdowns (seven) and caught a six-yard pass … All-ACC Academic Team selection … completed 19-of-32 passes for 210 yards, a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown and no interceptions at Georgia Tech … shared offensive player of the game honors after he completed 21-of-27 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns vs. Furman, setting new career highs for passer rating (166.7) and completion percentage (77.8) while leading Clemson to touchdowns on each of his first five drives … completed 17-of-29 passes for 221 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and also rushed nine times for 62 rushing yards vs. Louisiana Tech … named ACC Quarterback of the Week and team offensive player of the game after completing 26-of-41 passes for a 371 passing yards with a career-high five passing touchdowns at No. 21 Wake Forest, becoming the first Clemson quarterback to throw five touchdown passes in a game since Trevor Lawrence at Georgia Tech in 2020 and becoming the first Clemson player with at least 370 passing yards, at least five touchdowns and no interceptions since Deshaun Watson at NC State in 2015 … completed 21-of-30 passes for 209 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions and rushed for a career-high 73 yards on 14 carries and two rushing touchdowns vs. No. 10 NC State … completed 18-of-32 passes for 220 yards with three touchdowns and one interception while also rushing for 69 yards on 12 carries at Boston College, becoming the first Clemson quarterback with at least 50 rushing yards in four straight games since Deshaun Watson’s nine-game streak to end the 2015 season … completed 15-of-23 passes for 203 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions as well as a five-yard touchdown run at Florida State … completed 13-of-21 passes for 138 yards and rushed eight times for 13 yards vs. the No. 14 Syracuse Orange … completed 27-of-39 passes for 191 yards with one touchdown and rushed nine times for 23 yards at Notre Dame … completed 19-of-27 passes for 185 yards with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown vs. the Louisville Cardinals, also catching a six-yard pass from Antonio Williams in the contest … became the 10th Clemson quarterback since World War II to record at least 20 wins as a starter with that victory against Louisville … completed 23-of-35 passes for 233 yards with two passing touchdowns and also recorded career highs in rushing attempts (17) and rushing yards (89) with a rushing touchdown vs. the Miami Hurricanes, sharing team offensive player of the game honors … had 150 yards of total offense, including 99 passing yards and 51 rushing yards, with a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown vs. South Carolina … completed 2-of-5 for 10 yards vs. the No. 24 North Carolina Tar Heels.

2021: Completed 208-of-374 passes for 2,246 yards with nine touchdowns over 862 snaps in 13 games (all starts), finishing the season as one of only four offensive or defensive players to start every game for Clemson … also rushed 105 times for 308 yards with four touchdowns … his 862 snaps were the most in a season by a Clemson quarterback since 2017 (Kelly Bryant, 886) … All-ACC Academic Team selection … completed 19-of-37 passes for 178 yards with one interception vs. No. 5 Georgia … completed 14-of-24 passes for 171 yards with one touchdown and one interception vs. SC State, also adding five rushing attempts for 23 yards with a career-high-tying two rushing touchdowns … completed 18-of-25 passes for 126 yards and also recorded a career-high 46 rushing yards on eight carries vs. Georgia Tech … completed 12-of-26 passes for 111 yards with two touchdowns and one interception at NC State, also leading the team in rushing with 63 yards on nine carries including a career-long 37-yard rush in the fourth quarter … completed 13-of-28 passes for 207 yards and rushed for 50 yards on 12 carries vs. the Boston College Eagles … completed a season-high 21-of-34 passes for 181 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions at Syracuse … completed 12-of-25 passes for 128 yards and rushed eight times for 50 yards with a rushing touchdown at No. 23 Pitt … completed 19-of-31 passes for 189 yards with a touchdown and an interception and helped Clemson overcome a three-point fourth-quarter deficit in a win vs. Florida State … completed 18-of-30 passes for 220 yards with two passing touchdowns and no interceptions for a season-high 143.6 pass efficiency rating at Louisville, also adding the late go-ahead rushing touchdown in a comeback win … completed 21-of-44 passes for 241 yards with one touchdown and one interception vs. UConn … completed 11-of-19 passes for 208 yards with one touchdown and one interception and added 30 yards on eight rushing attempts vs. No. 13 Wake Forest … completed 9-of-19 passes for 99 yards and rushed five times for 33 yards at South Carolina, becoming the fourth straight Clemson quarterback — and 23rd Clemson quarterback since 1954 — to win his starting debut in the rivalry … completed 21-of-32 passes for 187 yards in leading Clemson to a Cheez-It Bowl win vs. Iowa State.

2020: Completed 78-of-117 passes for 914 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in 235 snaps over 10 games (two starts), while also adding four rushing touchdowns amid his 28 carries for 60 yards … his 146.4 pass efficiency rating was fifth-best by an ACC freshman quarterback since 2002 (min. 100 passes), trailing only Clemson’s Deshaun Watson (188.6 in 2014), Florida State’s Jameis Winston (184.8 in 2013), North Carolina’s Sam Howell (160.2 in 2019) and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence (157.6 in 2018) … became only the second FBS player since 2000 to throw at least 115 passes and record at least five passing touchdowns and no interceptions (Georgia Southern’s Shai Werts in 2018) … joined Steve Fuller, Willie Jordan, Patrick Sapp, Nealon Greene, Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence to become the seventh true freshmen ever to start a game for Clemson at quarterback, joining Watson and Lawrence as the only true freshmen to win their starting debuts … made collegiate debut at Wake Forest, completing 2-of-3 passes for 16 yards and rushing once for three yards … completed 8-of-11 passes for 75 yards and rushed three times for seven yards with two touchdowns vs. The Citadel, becoming the first freshman quarterback at Clemson with two rushing touchdowns in a game since Kelly Bryant at Miami in 2015 … rushed twice for five yards and completed a pass vs. Virginia … rushed for 17 yards vs. No. 7 Miami … available but held out as a precaution at Georgia Tech … went 1-for-3 for 11 yards vs. Syracuse … made his first career start vs. Boston College and completed 30-of-41 passes for 342 yards with two passing touchdowns and no interceptions while also rushing six times for 25 yards with a rushing touchdown … led Clemson to the largest comeback in Memorial Stadium history (18 points) in that game, earning ACC Rookie of the Week honors and sharing team offensive player of the game honors … with that performance against Boston College, joined Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence as the only true freshmen in Clemson history to win their starting debuts, and his 342 passing yards were the third-most by a Clemson freshman (true or redshirt) in his starting debut, trailing Watson’s 435 yards against North Carolina in 2014 and Charlie Whitehurst’s 420 yards against Duke in 2002 … earned ACC Rookie of the Week for a second straight week and shared team offensive player of the game honors after completing 29-of-44 passes for a career-high 439 yards with two passing touchdowns at No. 4 Notre Dame while also adding a rushing touchdown … his 439 passing yards at Notre Dame were the third-most in a game in school history and broke the school freshman record of 435, set by Deshaun Watson against North Carolina in 2014 … the 439 passing yards at Notre Dame were also most ever thrown against the Irish by an opposing quarterback, breaking the mark of 425 held by USC’s Carson Palmer in 2002 … completed 7-of-12 passes for 31 yards and a touchdown vs. Pitt … played one snap at the Virginia Tech Hokies, a handoff to Darien Rencher that resulted in a 50-yard touchdown.

Before Clemson: Played for Jason Negro at St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, Calif., and was listed as the top player in the nation by PrepStar at the time of his signing and ranked second according to Rivals.com behind Clemson signee and classmate Bryan Bresee … was the top quarterback in the nation according to Rivals.com and PrepStar … named a USA Today All-American after leading his team to No. 1 ranking by MaxPreps and USA Today after guiding them to a 7A state championship in California … played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … National Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-American by USA Today in 2018 as a junior … threw for 10,496 yards in his high school career and had 127 career touchdowns against just 11 interceptions … completed 585-of-871 passes for a 66 percent completion mark … averaged 18 yards per completion … also rushed for 1,103 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career, a 6.1 yard-per-carry average … ranked as the No. 1 overall player in the nation, the best quarterback and best player in California by PrepStar … ranked as the No. 2 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com, which also called him the top quarterback and top player in California … 247Sports ranked him the No. 2 overall player in the nation, the top pro-style quarterback and top player from California … led his team to a 13-1 record and state championship in 2019 going 24-of-29 for 410 yards and four touchdowns while also gaining 67 rushing yards on just five carries with another touchdown on the ground … completed 222-of-344 passes for 4,225 yards and 48 touchdowns against just two interceptions in 2019, averaging 19 yards per completion and 12.3 yards per attempt … added 412 yards rushing and eight touchdowns … as a junior in 2018, led team to a 13-1 record and completed 179-of-257 passes for 3,366 yards and 48 touchdowns against just seven interceptions on the year and added 50 carries for 312 yards and six rushing touchdowns … as a sophomore in 2017, completed 184-of-270 for 2,905 yards and 31 touchdowns against just two interceptions … posted 67 rushes for 379 yards and four touchdowns that year … committed to Clemson on May 5, 2019 … recruited to Clemson by Brandon Streeter.

Personal: Born April 17, 2001 … enrolled at Clemson in January 2020 … earned degree in communication in December 2022 … three-time ACC Honor Roll selection (2020-22) … named as co-recipient of the 2022 Tim Bourret Award, given annually to the player who best represents himself, his teammates and Clemson University in the media … name pronounced ooh-ee-AHN-guh-luh-lay.