FSU football lands commitment from OL transfer Jazston Turnetine

FSU football lands commitment from OL transfer Jazston Turnetine

TALLAHASSEE – Jazston Turnetine is committed to Florida State. The South Carolina offensive line transfer drove to Tallahassee with his father on Monday to clarify transfer plans and to inform the staff of his decision.

Turnetine finalized the choice and made it official on Tuesday as he enrolled at FSU, and was announced by the univerristy.

“Jazston has tremendous size with great power and athleticism,” FSU coach Mike Norvell said in a press release. “His starting experience in big games and his skillset immediately increases the competition among our offensive line group. Ayobami brings incredible length, explosiveness and playmaking ability. His upcoming redshirt season will allow him to focus on growing his fundamentals and technique, and the sky is the limit for him as he develops within our program. We are enthusiastic about the addition of these two and believe they will both have a great impact.”

“Excited, can’t really get ready for me to get to work,” Turnetine said as he arrived at FSU’s campus early Monday afternoon.

Turnetine, a sixth-year senior, played the last two seasons at South Carolina and was a part-time starter for the Gamecocks. He had more than 600 snaps in the SEC in that span, primarily at left tackle. Turnetine said he’s unsure what position he’ll play at FSU, but did make it clear that he picked the Seminoles over Michigan State for a chance to compete for a meaningful role in his final season of college football.

“Nothing is ever given to you in life, so you’ve got to go take it,” Turnetine said. “I’ll be here to battle for everyone. There’s a lot of competition, but it’s no problem, here to fight.

“I see more of an opportunity here at Florida State”. Michigan State, not so much.”

Turnetine described his relationship with future position coach Alex Atkins as “intriguing” and picked FSU largely for the chance to get coached up by Atkins and this staff.

“They know my strengths and weaknesses, so basically trying to get rid of my weaknesses and make them some strengths, too,” Turnetine said. “As far as the atmosphere here, it’s pretty welcoming. I plan on thriving.”

Turnetine was listed at 6-foot-7, 342 pounds at South Carolina and is believed to have played over that weight, but he recently said he’s down to the 330-pound range. FSU lists him at 6-foot-7, 335 pounds. He had an Overall Grade of 49.4 from Pro Football Focus this past season.

The native of Stockbridge, Ga. initially went the JUCO route, spending a few years at Hutchinson CC in Kansas.

Below is the bio from FSU:

Transfer from South Carolina…appeared in 18 games with 10 starts, all at left tackle, over two seasons with Gamecocks…started seven games in 2021 and helped South Carolina reach Duke’s Mayo Bowl…Gamecocks averaged 27.0 points per game and 392.7 yards of total offense per game in his seven starts…played in six games with three starts during 2020 season…made first start in 30-22 win vs. No. 15 Auburn…also started at LSU and vs. No. 7 Texas A&M…began collegiate career at Hutchinson Community College…rated as No. 6 JuCo offensive tackle by 247 Composite coming out of Hutchinson…earned second-team All-America honors during sophomore campaign after helping Blue Dragons win 10 games and the Salt City Bowl…also started as true freshman as Hutchinson won the Salt City Bowl to complete A nine-win season…played at Stockbridge High School…helped lead Tigers to third round of AAAAA state playoffs his senior year.

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