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FSU lands Florida transfer offensive lineman Richie Leonard IV

Another familiar name comes to Tallahassee for good.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 25 Florida at Florida State Photo by Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Another familiar name is coming to Tallahassee, and it’s another addition to the trenches.

Yet again, Mike Norvell and his staff have landed a former blue-chip prospect that Florida State fought hard for, but ultimately finished as the runner-up. Offensive lineman Richie Leonard IV, from Cocoa, FL, will transfer to FSU and rejoin his high school teammate Caziah Holmes in Tallahassee.

The 6’2”, 310 pound Leonard started all 12 games at left guard for the Gators in 2023, leading the offensive line in snaps with 755 and grading at 65.9 per PFF. He played in 31 total games for UF over three seasons of action, starting 14 of them. Heading into his redshirt-senior season, Leonard will slot in to the rotation at guard and has a ceiling of a starting role, with a floor of bringing a lot of experience to the offensive line depth.

From his UF bio:

2023: Started at left guard in all 12 games for a team-high 755 snaps on the offensive line… Made his 12th-straight start of the season in Week 13 vs. Florida State (Nov. 25)… Started at left guard and recorded one solo tackle in Week 1 at No. 14 Utah (Aug. 31).

2022: Appeared in 11 games, making one start... Started his first game of the season vs. LSU (Oct. 15)... Played both guard and center against Eastern Washington (Oct. 2)... Member of the offensive line that blocked for 594 yards and five touchdowns while rotating at left guard at Tennessee (Sept. 26).

2021: Started in one of the eight games he appeared in... First career start came at Missouri (Nov. 20)... Helped the offense stay in the top-16 in total offense all year… Part of a line that only allowed 14 sacks/1.08 per game, tied for the seventh lowest in FBS and second in the SEC… Blocked for Florida’s 717 total yards of offense vs. Samford (Nov. 13), which ranked second all-time in program history and third-most by a team this season... Florida ranked 23rd nationally in rushing yards per game (208.7)... Gators averaged 5.5 yards per carry to rank first in the SEC and fourth in the country... Made collegiate debut in the season opener vs. Florida Atlantic (Sept. 4).

2020: Did not see any game action... Redshirted... Named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

High School: Registered 84 pancake blocks in 18 games the last two seasons for Cocoa… Helped Cocoa reach the 2019 FHSAA Class 4A State Semifinals, as well as the 2018 FHSAA Class 4A State Championship game… Also played third base and first base for Cocoa High and travel baseball teams, in addition to playing varsity basketball… Had over 25 Division I offers, including Florida State, Kentucky, Miami Oregon and Tennessee.