Florida State lands multiple players on ESPN's list of best transfers in portal era
Florida State is well represented on ESPN’s list of the top transfers of the transfer portal era, which it released on Wednesday.
ESPN’s Bill Connelly ranked the 50 best transfers of the portal era, and Florida State had three players who made the cut. Quarterback Jordan Travis, defensive lineman Jermaine Johnson and defensive lineman Jared Verse all made the top 25 of the list.
Travis was the highest-ranked FSU player at No. 7 overall. After beginning his career at Louisville, Travis transferred to Florida State and became one of the most decorated quarterbacks in program history. His collegiate career ended earlier this month due to a leg injury, but not before Travis led FSU to 17 consecutive wins (now 18) to close out his FSU journey.
Here’s some analysis from Connelly on what Travis has meant to Florida State:
When Jordan Travis first took the field for FSU in 2019, the Seminoles were on the way to a second of four straight losing seasons. When his career ended with a leg injury against North Alabama, FSU had won his last 17 starts. Travis was the face of FSU’s turnaround, a gaudy scrambler who also became one of the steadiest passers in the game.
Johnson ranked No. 11 on ESPN’s list, just missing out on top-10 honors. However, he is the top-ranked non-quarterback to make the list. Johnson spent just 1 season at Florida State, but won ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2021 after collecting 17.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.
Verse is No. 24 on ESPN’s top-50. After transferring in from Albany, quickly established himself as one of the top pass rushers in the sport in 2022. His numbers have dipped a bit in 2023, but Verse still has a tremendous impact on Florida State’s defensive front.
Verse and the Noles will face Louisville for the ACC Championship Game on Saturday.