Florida State lands Western Michigan grad-transfer defensive lineman

Florida State lands Western Michigan grad-transfer defensive lineman

Florida State kicks off Cheez-It Week with a media conference in Orlando. However, that doesn’t mean Seminoles will be wasting any time pursuing players through the NCAA Transfer Portal.

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The Seminoles hosted many transfers during December that included both official visits and multiple positions on both the football and basketball sides.

Braden Fiske, a Western Michigan defensive tackle transfer, announced Monday afternoon that he would continue his college career at Florida State via social media. His pledge to beat USC and Notre Dame won the Seminoles victory.

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Fiske was among ten other official visitors on campus last weekend. He had the opportunity to see Florida State break ground for a Football Only Facility, which is expected to be completed in late 2024.

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The Indiana native played in 45 games and 31 starts during his five years at Western Michigan. He made his final 31 Broncos appearances and had a career-best year in 2022. Fiske had 58 tackles, 12 tackles loss, 2 forced turnovers, and 6sacks in 12 games. He had 148 tackles, 27.5 for loss, 13.5sacks, 3 pass defenses, and 2 forced mistakes with the Broncos.

The defensive lineman, who is 6-foot-5 and 300-pounds, was rated the best defensive player on the team. He received an 84.5 grade by PFF. Fiske will likely be an interior pass-rusher for the Seminoles. He was still eligible for one season and quickly became one of the most popular names in the transfer market before FSU hired him.

Fiske is the seventh transfer who committed to Florida State during this recruiting cycle. Former Miami defensive tackle Darrell Jackson, ex-South Carolina tight end Jaheim bell, ex-Shorter tight end Kyle Morlock and former Colorado offensive lineman Casey Roddick were also signed by the Seminoles. Also, Jeremiah Byers (UTEP offensive lineman) was signed by the Seminoles. Keiondre Jones was a former Auburn offensive lineman.

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