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Florida State lands commitment from defensive end Marcus Cushnie

From Alabama A&M to Tallahassee.

The Florida State Seminoles got some good news this evening, as they were able to secure a commitment from the transfer portal. Formerly committed to Purdue, 6’2”, 250 lb defensive end graduate transfer Marcus Cushnie has decided to spend his last two years of eligibility wearing garnet and gold.

Cushnie previously played at Alabama A&M, where he was considered one of the best pass rushers at the FCS level. He played linebacker during his first two seasons, racking up 27 tackles (13 TFL), eight QB hurries, seven sacks, and two forced fumbles. As a Junior, Cushnie transitioned to defensive end, where he recorded 20 tackles and seven sacks in just four games. He recorded multiple sacks in three of those games, saving his best game of the season for the last, where he recorded a season-high 12 tackles and a pair of sacks in the SWAC championship game.

Cushnie visited Tallahassee in mid-June, picking up a PWO offer on June 13 after working out for the coaches.

Cushnie earned his undergraduate degree with Summa Cum Laude honors, and made history by being selected to the CoSIDA Football Academic All-District Team.

Cushnie has two years of eligibility remaining and joins Jermaine Johnson II and Keir Thomas as transfer portal additions to the defensive line unit. He’ll provide immediate depth and figures to become part of the rotation quickly.

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