Predicting Florida State's 5 most impactful transfer portal additions in 2022
Florida State has been one of the most active transfer portal teams in the country this offseason, landing 11 total transfers before the calendar flipped to June.
Many of those additions are expected to start for the Seminoles this season — or at least play an important role as a reserve. In total, Florida State added 4 receivers, 3 offensive linemen, 1 running back, 1 cornerback, 1 linebacker and 1 defensive end via the portal.
Here’s how 5 of Florida State’s best incoming transfers could impact the Seminoles on the field this season:
No. 5: Running back Trey Benson (Oregon)
Benson arrives in Tallahassee after 2 injury-plagued years at Oregon. He finished his career in Eugene with just 6 carries for 22 yards and 1 touchdown.
But despite that relative lack of experience, Benson’s talent is undeniable. If healthy, Benson has a chance to be Florida State’s leading rusher in 2022. With Jashaun Corbin now in the NFL, the Seminoles need a reliable option in the backfield. Benson and Treshaun Ward are likely to get the majority of the work — at least early in the season.
Benson showed off his talent at Florida State’s spring game:
— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) April 10, 2022
No. 4: Receiver Mycah Pittman (Oregon)
Benson isn’t the only former Oregon player to transfer to Florida State this cycle. He’s joined by his teammate, receiver Mycah Pittman. Like Benson, Pittman could end up making a huge impact on the Seminoles’ offense this season.
Florida State did not have a receiver eclipse 25 catches last season. With Jordan Travis expected to improve and have the starting job all season long, that will likely need to change for FSU to find sustained success on offense.
Pittman is a great candidate for a larger role. He had 38 catches for 537 yards and 2 touchdowns across 3 seasons for the Ducks. He’ll be competing for reps with other transfer additions (like Winston Wright, Deuce Spann and Johnny Wilson).
No. 3: Linebacker Tatum Bethune (Central Florida)
The first defensive player on this list, Tatum Bethune has a chance to be a Day 1 starter at Florida State.
Bethune joins the Seminoles after a very successful season with the Golden Knights. He totaled 108 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions. His 108 tackles ranked 3rd in the American Athletic Conference last season.
He’s expected to start at MIKE linebacker and immediately have an impact on Florida State’s defense. Last season, no FSU middle linebacker cracked the 70 tackle threshold.
No. 2: Offensive lineman D’Mitri Emmanuel (Charlotte)
Emmanuel is Florida State’s most recent transfer portal addition but he should be one of the most impactful. He joins the Seminoles after starting along Charlotte’s offensive line for the last 3 seasons.
He was frequently recognized as one of the best offensive linemen in Conference USA and has the versatility to play multiple positions on FSU’s front.
Emmanuel also has some familiarity with new Florida State offensive coordinator Alex Atkins. He was Charlotte’s offensive coordinator in 2019 — Emmanuel’s first season as a collegiate starter.
It’s not yet clear what position Emmanuel will play this fall, but his experience and versatility should lead to significant playing time. It’s also worth noting that Lamar transfer offensive lineman Bless Harris could find himself in a starting role for Florida State this season as well.
No. 1: Defensive end Jared Verse (Albany)
There should be little doubt that Jared Verse is the crown jewel of Florida State’s transfer portal class.
He garnered enough attention coming out of Albany to land amongst the best transfers in the entire country — especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Verse’s first extended playing time at Albany came in 2021. He totaled 9.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss en route to winning the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year award.
He’ll be tasked with replacing Jermaine Johnson II on Florida State’s defensive line. Last season, Johnson was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year.