The state of Florida’s emphasis on the transfer portal is paying off in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have already landed former Miami defenseman Darrell Jackson and former South Carolina tight end Jaheim Bell.
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On Thursday afternoon, the coaching staff added a commitment from shorter tight end transfer, Kyle Morlock, to their haul from the NCAA transfer portal. The Seminoles have prioritized Morlock since he entered the portal last month, and that led to the program securing another massive transfer via Tennessee and Auburn.
The Georgia native was in Tallahassee last weekend for an official visit, his second visit to the state of Florida after also taking part in the team’s regular-season finals win against Florida. The people around the program were a big reason Morlock felt at home with the Seminoles.
“That was the main thing – the people. From the powerhouse to the coaches to the players,” Morlock previously said. “That’s the main thing I’m really looking for in a place anyway, so I think that’s super important. Everyone I met here was super cool and chilled and kept it real. They told me the good and the bad, I think it’s important.”
Morlock led Shorter with 30 catches for 446 yards and six touchdowns in 2022. He finished the season with 90+ yards in two of his last three games, including five grabs for 96 yards and a goal in a win over North Greenville. He has totaled 51 catches for 808 yards and 11 touchdowns over the past two years.
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“You can see from my film that I’m definitely more of a pass threat and as far as I know they’re going to take advantage of me in that way,” Morlock said. “I definitely have to work on some things, but they will help me to develop even more and the good thing about this place is that coach Thomsen is really good at things like that, that is, in developing players, definitely a big one Plus.”
The 6-foot-7, 245-pound tight end is a two-time All-Gulf South Conference first-team nominee. The Georgia native expects to have two years to star on his next program.
With newcomers Morlock and Bell, the tight end room is quickly becoming a strength in Tallahassee alongside returnees such as redshirt sophomore Markeston Douglas, redshirt sophomore Preston Daniel, sophomore Jackson West, real freshman Brian Courtney and true newcomer Jerrale Powers .
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