Mike Norvell and his coaching staff have developed an excellent national reputation for evaluating and landing talented players from the transfer portal. That reputation was enhanced yet again today, as Florida State has secured the commitment of perhaps the best defensive player in the portal, Virginia Cavaliers cornerback Fentrell Cypress.
“This is another fantastic addition to our program,” head coach Mike Norvell said. “Fentrell is a great player who possesses the unique combination of length and athleticism. He has a huge upside and brings a proven track record of consistent playmaking into our defensive backfield. He has collected incredible experience at the college level while proving himself to be a smart and disciplined player whose success has shown up on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Fentrell is a tremendous fit for the Nole Family as we continue on our CLIMB moving forward.”
Cypress, who measures 6’0”, 185 pounds, is coming off a breakout season in which he led the ACC with 14 pass break-ups, collected 39 tackles, and earned All-ACC honors. Cypress is originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina, the home of Chris Hope, a previous standout Seminole defensive back.
We've added another playmaker to the defensive backfield! Help us welcome the No. 2 overall transfer in the country @FentrellC4 to #Tribe23— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) January 1, 2023
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Cypress gives Florida State something it’s sorely missed for the last few years: a shutdown corner who can be trusted to operate on an island. He’s likely a one-and-done player with an NFL future, and FSU defensive coordinator Adam Fuller led the charge to bring him to Tallahassee.
Make no mistake about it, landing Cypress is the biggest statement Florida State has made in the transfer portal this off-season (and that’s saying something). The Seminoles are banking on Cypress’ leadership, experience, work ethic, and talent to elevate a defensive backfield in need of a spark with the departure of Jammie Robinson.
From his FSU bio:
Fentrell Cypress II | DB | 6-0 | 185 | Rock Hill, S.C. | Northwestern High School/Virginia
Rated No. 2 overall in On3 transfer ratings and No. 4 overall in transfer portal by 247Sports…appeared in 18 games with 15 starts in four seasons at Virginia…totaled 57 tackles, 0.5 sack, one interception, 14 pass breakups and one fumble recovery…first-team All-ACC performer by Pro Football Focus and second-team all-conference selection by the Associated Press in 2022…led country with average of 1.6 pass breakups per game…ranked first in ACC and ninth nationally with 14 total pass breakups…started all nine games he appeared and recorded 39 tackles and one fumble recovery in addition to his pass breakups…started all six games he played in 2021 and registered 16 tackles, including 0.5 sack, and one interception…made first collegiate interception at North Carolina and returned it 66 yards for touchdown…made two tackles at Wake Forest in only appearance during 2020 season…named to ACC Academic Honor Roll…played in two games while redshirting in 2019…made collegiate debut in 28-17 win vs. Old Dominion and also saw action in 48-14 win vs. Duke…played offense and defense at Northwestern…selected for 2018 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas…recorded 31 tackles, two interceptions and 24 pass breakups while leading Trojans to second round of AAAAA state playoffs his senior year…made 48 tackles and four interceptions while being credited with 35 pass breakups his junior season, helping Northwestern advance to second round of state playoffs…also ran track and won regional title in 100-meter dash.