Jared Verse is returning to Florida State in 2023: Fans, media share initial reactions
Jared Verse announced his plans to return to Florida State for the 2023 season on Saturday morning.
Verse, who was one of the best pass rushers in the country this season, was considered a first-round pick by most NFL Draft evaluators. Instead, he returns to Tallahassee for a second season with the Noles.
His return could have a tremendous impact on FSU’s season in 2023. He played in 12 games this season and was amongst the ACC’s leaders with 17 tackles for loss and 9 sacks. He just missed out on ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Verse is not the only key player returning to Florida State rather than pursue NFL opportunities. Jordan Travis, Johnny Wilson, Mycah Pittman, Trey Benson, Fabien Lovett and Akeem Dent, amongst others, will also be back in 2023.
That level of returning production plus the current No. 1-ranked transfer portal class has fans and media excited about what FSU could do in 2023.
This past season, Florida State won 10 games for the first time since 2016. The Noles also appeared in — and won — a bowl game for the first time during the Mike Norvell era.
Could the Noles make another leap to be a strong contender in the ACC or for a College Football Playoff berth? Here’s some of the reaction from fans and media to Verse’s decision:
Florida State now returns its starting QB, leading rusher, leading receiver, first-round prospect at DE, top DT plus veterans across the board. Mike Norvell told me: "We have high expectations in our program and there are no limits on what we can achieve."
— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) January 7, 2023
You could pretty strongly argue Florida State as a top 5 team for 2023. They are in my too-early Top 25 at least.
That roster is looking NICE. https://t.co/RN5WN8oPfK
— Chris Hummer (@chris_hummer) January 7, 2023
Wow. Huge news with Jared Verse heading BACK to Florida State for 2023… Joining DT Fabien Lovett who had initially accepted Senior Bowl invite – also heading back
Big portal destination too! FSU looking like a contender in '23 https://t.co/wEJMF7wV8T
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) January 7, 2023
Florida State is bringing back its best offensive player, defensive player and added five EXTREMELY HIGH upside transfers.
— Cole Thompson (@MrColeThompson) January 7, 2023
If you just heard me scream, no you didn’t.
“We’re not done yet. See y’all in 2023.” Jared Verse, a potential 1st round NFL draft pick, is returning for part ✌🏻in Tallahassee. https://t.co/9RfAonEsXl
— Taylor Tannebaum (@TaylorTannebaum) January 7, 2023
A potential first round pick.
Florida State on track to be the ACC favorite next year. https://t.co/iGlWNc49Ch
— Shane P. Hallam (@ShanePHallam) January 7, 2023
There it is. #Noles should have one of the best defensive line groups in the nation in 2023. True depth across the DL with guys who can rotate and put up numbers while staying fresh https://t.co/Uip8Q70R9d
— Jason Staples (@DocStaples) January 7, 2023
EDGE2 and a top 10 overall player for me heads back to school
Verse had excellent tape this season after making the big jump from Albany https://t.co/5TzbkIcC81
— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) January 7, 2023
#FSU brings back their most disruptive and important defensive player
Verse led the 'Noles in pressures, sacks, and was the highest-graded defensive lineman in 2022.
His 23.7% pass rush win rate ranked top-10 among P5 edge defenders https://t.co/hjseYDc9DB
— Ben Meyerson (@ByBenMeyerson) January 7, 2023
— Candace Cooper (@CandaceDCooper) January 7, 2023
Unbelievably big news for #FSU. Says a lot about this team and culture with so many guys running it back. 2023 could be a very special season with additions and elite players returning. https://t.co/gGzMrkCuvK
— Michael Langston (@MichaelWarchant) January 7, 2023
— Travis Johnson (@trapj99) January 7, 2023
In 2023, @FSUFootball returns:
🍢 The country’s highest-graded QB and ACC leader in pass efficiency, yards per completion & yards per pass attempt (@jordantrav13)
🍢 ACC’s yards/rush leader (@trey_uno1)
🍢 ACC’s yards/catch leader (@jjohnnywilson)
🍢 ACC’s sacks/game leader ⬇️ https://t.co/Xb9YXz6V0j
— Derek Satterfield (@dsatt_) January 7, 2023
Edge Rusher returning to FSU.
The LSU-FSU season opener is going to be fun. https://t.co/lJaXjEL1io
— Matt Moscona (@MattMoscona) January 7, 2023
— TJ Bonasorte (@Teej_19) January 7, 2023
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) January 7, 2023