Florida State linebacker Jaleel McRae the latest Seminole to enter transfer portal

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Florida State linebacker Jaleel McRae is the latest Seminole to enter the transfer portal.

The redshirt sophomore from New Smyrna Beach, Fla. announced his decision on his Twitter account Monday morning. A former four-star linebacker in FSU's 2019 signing class, McRae said in his note that he has three years of eligibility left at wherever his next stop is.

"I first want to thank the staff who recruited me here at Florida State. Without you guys giving me this opportunity, I wouldn't be here today," McRae said in his note on Twitter.

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"To my teammates, thank you for supporting me through every obstacle endured. To (FSU linebackers coach Chris) Marve, having you as a coach has been a pleasure and a blessing in itself. In such a short time frame, you've impacted my life in more way than one...

"To all the FSU fans, you guys are so special and keep me going! I want to thank each and every one of you for your support on and off the field. Overall, these last 2 years has (sic) taught me whenever you face adversity you have to keep moving forward!"

McRae leaves after seeing his playing time greatly reduced over the last two seasons. After appearing in all 13 games and making 15 tackles as a true freshman in 2019, he made just one start in 2020 and appeared in just four games this season, failing to record any statistics and primarily working with the scout team.

As Mike Norvell and his staff continue to flip the roster, McRae is the fifth FSU player this month to announce he's leaving early to either enter the transfer portal or pursue a professional career.

FSU linebacker Jaleel McRae is the fifth Seminole to announce he's leaving the program early since the end of the season on Nov. 27.
FSU linebacker Jaleel McRae is the fifth Seminole to announce he's leaving the program early since the end of the season on Nov. 27.

FSU offensive linemen Jalen Goss and Ira Henry III, tight end Carter Boatwright and McRae have all announced they will be entering the transfer portal. FSU linebacker DeCalon Brooks, the son of legendary FSU linebacker Derrick Brooks, has announced he intends to pursue a professional career after five seasons with the Seminoles.

Overall, 11 Seminoles have entered the transfer portal since the start of FSU's preseason camp in August.

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