FSU coach Willie Taggart spoke about the early signing period class.
Wayne McGahee III, Tallahassee Democrat
Florida State got some good news on Saturday with Northern Illinois offensive tackle Ryan Roberts announcing his intentions to graduate transfer to FSU.
Roberts — 6-foot-6, 297 pounds — started 10 games over the last two seasons at NIU. He started eight games in 2017 and two games in 2018.
He started at right tackle in FSU’s 37-19 win over the Huskies on Sept. 22.
“The last 4 years as a Huskie have been a wild ride full of emotions. I have been blessed by my teammates, the NIU administration, coaches, and Huskie Nation supporting me on my journey thus far. But, after a lot of prayer, my time at NIU has come to an end. NIU has left a lasting impression on me. Go Huskies,” Roberts said in a statement on Twitter.
“With that being said, I am blessed and excited to announce that I will be playing my last season of college football for Florida State and coach Taggart. #Do Something. #FearTheSpear.”
FSU’s offensive line was a major point of weakness in 2018.
The Seminoles averaged 2.79 yards per carry this season (129th in college football) and 36 sacks (109th).
The Seminoles’ coaching staff has made it a priority to add as much depth and talent up front as possible this recruiting cycle.
FSU has also added three-star JUCO offensive tackle Jay Williams, four-star guard Dontae Lucas, and three-star guard Maurice Smith this recruiting cycle.
The Seminoles are still looking to bring in at least three more offensive linemen in this recruiting class.
Three-star offensive tackle Ira Henry, three-star offensive tackle Darius Washington, and three-star offensive guard Kamaar Bell are currently on campus for official visits.
FSU could also be looking to add more grad transfers.
Virginia guard R.J. Proctor has been targeted by the Seminoles. Georgia Tech’s Parker Braun — a first-team All-ACC selection last season — announced his intention to grad transfer on Friday. He will likely get interest from FSU.