Florida State has once again worked its magic to acquire talented players from the transfer portal. This time it was landing Keon Coleman who is an instant impact wide receiver formerly of Michigan State.
Coleman, who was a former 4-star recruit from Louisiana, had a breakout season with the Spartans last season and was expected by many to be their receiver number 1 this season. However, with a host of players making an exodus from MSU, including their projected starting quarterback, Coleman hit the market and was immediately targeted by the staff at FSU.
Personally, I felt the wide receiver room at FSU was in an odd position coming into 2023. On the one hand, you felt good about who they already had and would have been ok with not just taking another depth piece. At the same time with Mycah Pittman leaving unexpectedly, Destyn Hill not having played football in two years and Vandrevious Jacobs still being a true freshman it would make FSU faithful sleep a lot better at night if they added an impact player at the position which is exactly what they did.
In 2022, the 6-foot-4 200-pound receiver racked up 798 yards on 58 catches (13.8 YPC) and 7 touchdowns. He had three 100+ yard games last season (all against Power 5 defenses) including a 155-yard monster performance versus in-state rival Michigan.
Coleman had an impressive PFF grade of 76.1 in 2022 and was the 11th-ranked receiver in the portal according to On3 Sports. When the dust settled it was Mike Norvell and the Noles beating out Lane Kiffin and the Ole Miss Rebels for the talented transfer.
With FSU aiming to compete for the conference title and a potential playoff spot in 2023, even if you like who you have at a position it is never a bad thing to stockpile talent. The addition of Coleman gives Jordan Travis another proven threat to go alongside Johnny Wilson.
That combo, plus the emergence of Kentron Poitier in the spring, combined with the rest of the talent in the receiver room gives even more reason to be excited about an offense that was already slated to be explosive in 2023. Coleman also has multiple years of eligibility remaining pending an early exit to the NFL. Thanks for reading and Go Noles!
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