The Florida State Seminoles just upgraded their offensive line corps in a big way. Offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons has committed to transfer to FSU from Notre Dame. The 6’4”, 309 pound lineman from Clearwater, FL immediately became one of the most highly sought-after linemen upon hitting the transfer portal on May 6. He was expected to vie for a starting position in South Bend, but instead will now be expected to bring experience and leadership to Alex Atkins’ OL unit.
I’m excited to announce my commitment to Florida State University. I look forward to helping @Coach_Norvell, @CoachAAtkins, and my new teammates win football games while pursuing my graduate education at home, in the Sunshine State. @FSUFootball pic.twitter.com/jgDYP5GiVD— Dillan R. Gibbons (@GibbonsDillan) May 11, 2021
According to Gibbons’ profile from the Notre Dame site, he played in 11 games in the 2020 season, primarily at left guard, and helped block for an offensive line generally seen as among the top in college football. In total, Gibbons saw playing time in 29 games during his career at Notre Dame, spending many of those snaps on special teams. He was also named the team’s Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year as a freshman in 2017.
Quality work from Notre Dame LG Dillan Gibbons (76) here on his combo block with Jarrett Patterson and then puts the LB in the dirt. pic.twitter.com/pj171XMfjt— Matt Freeman (@mattfreemanISD) October 14, 2020
Versatile offensive lineman are always crucial for depth purposes but Gibbons is expected to challenge for a starting role immediately, which is welcome news for a unit that saw promising redshirt freshman guard Thomas Shrader go down with an injury in spring. In Gibbons, the ‘Noles have added an experienced leader who had been a major part of Notre Dame’s offensive line depth over the last three seasons.
From our SB Nation sister site One Foot Down:
Gibbons has been a career backup during his time in South Bend with only one start for his career (Syracuse) but he played an important part on special teams.
Last year he was on the same level with Josh Lugg when needed, and against the Florida State Seminoles he made a huge impact on the game. When Liam Eichenberg was knocked out of the game with an injury to his eye, Aaron banks moved out to left tackle and Gibbons — not Lugg — came out to play left guard. He played well, and there were hopes that he would continue to develop this spring.
When spring practice began, Gibbons was with the 1st team unit at left guard, but after several weeks of moving pieces around, the Irish staff eventually had Rocco Spindler as LG1 by the time the Blue-Gold game came around. Gibbons also put in some work at center to help find a backup to Zeke Correll, but that never really looked like it was going anywhere.