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FSU lands Alabama transfer defensive back Earl Little Jr.

A familiar name and a welcomed addition.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 16 Alabama at USF Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A familiar name is coming to Tallahassee.

FSU fought hard but finished as the runner-up in the high school recruitment of Earl Little Jr. after he picked the Crimson Tide two years ago. Little, a 6’1”, 185 pound defensive back, announced today that he has chosen to transfer to Florida State.

He primarily played on special teams for Alabama due to the Crimson Tide’s extensive depth in the DB room, and did not play again this season after tearing the labrum in his right shoulder against LSU on November 4. He had surgery and previously told various media that he expects to be ready for the spring. Little was considered a future starter at the STAR position next season for Alabama.

A redshirt freshman with three years of eligibility remaining, Little has the versatility to play either safety, nickel, or cornerback and will be a welcome and talented addition to the defensive back room. With FSU being in much better shape as a program now, his former high school coach Patrick Surtain serving as DB coach, and his best friend Marvin Jones Jr. having signed on to become a Seminole, all signs pointed toward FSU finally getting Little in the fold once he announced that he would be transferring.

Today, the coaching staff got it done, and those of us who badly wanted to see Little Jr. in garnet and gold will get our wish in the 2024 season.

From his Bama bio:

2023

Making an impact on special teams while providing depth in the Tide’s deep defensive back group ... totaled two tackles across eight games of action. Middle Tennessee: Recorded two tackles against the Blue Raiders. Texas: Worked on defense and special teams in the top-15 contest. USF: Saw time against the Bulls. Ole Miss: Earned snaps on defense and special teams in the SEC opener. Mississippi State: Contributed to the special teams efforts in Starkville. Texas A&M: Saw time on special teams. Arkansas: Worked on special teams in the Homecoming matchup. Tennessee: Earned snaps on special teams. LSU: Saw time on special teams against the Tigers.

2022

Missed the first half of the season recovering from injury ... worked in three contests during his rookie campaign. Mississippi State: Saw his first career action for the Tide. Austin Peay: Worked on special teams against the Governors. Auburn: Earned snaps in the Iron Bowl.

High School and Personal Data

One of the top defensive back prospects coming out of the talent-rich state of Florida ... a unanimous four-star prospect by all major recruiting sites ... listed as the No. 38 overall recruit in the On300 rankings by On3 ... the No. 83 prospect and No. 12 corner in the country by 247Sports ... also tabbed as the No. 12 player from Florida by 247 ... the No. 15 player from the state according to Rivals.com ... the 81st-rated player on the Rivals100 and No. 9 cornerback nationally by Rivals ... the No. 84 recruit in the On3 Consensus rankings ... listed as the No. 105 player in the country and the No. 12 cornerback on the 247Composite ... ESPN.com’s 24th-ranked corner and the No. 207 player on the ESPN300 ... selected to the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas ... coached by Patrick Surtain Sr. at American Heritage High School ... son of former NFL player Earl Little ... chose Alabama over in-state Florida State and Miami along with LSU among his 30 offers.