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FSU lands Miami defensive back transfer Davonte Brown

Another familiar name joins the Tribe.

NCAA Football: Miami at North Carolina Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Yet another familiar name is coming to Tallahassee.

FSU pursued former UCF Knights defensive back transfer Davonte Brown last offseason, but Brown chose the Miami Hurricanes to play with his brother, former FSU target and fellow defensive back, Damari Brown.

After entering the portal, once again, following one season in Coral Gables, the elder Brown has announced his decision to transfer to Florida State. At 6’2 185 pounds, there’s a thought he’ll play safety in Tallahassee. He’ll be mentored by FSU defensive backs coach Patrick Surtain, his former high school head coach.

Brown was a bona fide starting cornerback at UCF for his final two seasons in Orlando, making him a popular portal target the first time he entered. Last season for the Hurricanes, he was part of an uneven defensive back unit and totaled 10 tackles (eight solo) in 11 games of backup duty. According to Pro Football Focus, his best attribute this past season was tackling.

We’ll see if Davonte’s addition to the Tribe has any impact on his extremely talented younger brother when the next portal cycle hits.

From his Miami bio:

2023 (Junior): Saw action in 11 games during season…Finished with 10 total tackles (nine solo) in debut season at Miami…Made Hurricanes debut in season opener against Miami (Ohio) (Sept. 1) and finished with pair of stops…Had one solo tackle in win over Texas A&M (Sept. 9)…Had one tackle in wins over Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 14) and at Temple (Sept. 23)…Added one tackle at North Carolina (Oct. 14)…Credited with one stop in Miami’s 2OT win over Clemson (Oct. 21)…Had pair of solo tackles at NC State (Nov. 4)…Saw time at Florida State (Nov. 11)…Finished with one tackle in home finale against Louisville (Nov. 18)…Saw action in regular season finale at Boston College (Nov. 24).

Prior to Miami: Spent first three seasons at UCF, where he delivered standout career…Served as full-time starter for final two seasons and started 31 games while making 36 appearances…Posted 30 tackles, 2.5 TFLs and two interceptions in final season…Had four PBUs and one forced fumble in 2022…During second-year freshman season (2021), earned third-team All-AAC honors from Pro Football Focus while leading team and ranking third in conference with 13 PBUs…Added 28 tackles, one sack and one interception in 2021…Totaled 23 tackles, one tackle for loss and one PBU in true freshman season (2020).

High School: Made 20 tackles, 14 solo, and interception as senior in 2019 at American Heritage High School…Helped American Heritage to 10-2 mark and Florida 5A regional final where Patriots fell 23-20 to Northwestern…Had four tackles for Patriots vs. both Gonzaga and Northwestern in 2019…Helped American Heritage to No. 1 final regular-season 5A ranking by Associated Press and No. 3 in all Florida divisions by FloridaHSFootball.com…Also ran track in high school.

Personal: Intends to major in communication studies…Older brother of freshman, Damari, and son of former Hurricane Selwyn Brown.