Jared Verse is a transfer target for three big Florida college teams. Here are 5 things to know about him.

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Jared Verse is one of the top targets of college football programs across the country.

The defensive lineman from the University of Albany has entered the transfer portal. Now he's the top target in the portal, according to The Athletic, with more than 30 schools pursuing him.

Among those teams are Florida State, Florida and Miami. Verse visited Mike Norvell and the Seminoles in December, and Billy Napier's Gators and Mario Cristobal's Hurricanes would also love to add the pass rusher to kick off their tenures.

Verse said he would announce his choice in late December or early January.

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Sep 18, 2021; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Tommy DeVito (13) runs with the ball as Albany Great Danes defensive lineman Jared Verse (96) and linebacker AJ Mistler (41) defend during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Here are five things to know about the FCS standout.

Verse was an FCS Freshman All-American at Albany

Jared Verse has had nothing short of a spectacular career with Albany, basically in the course of 12 months.

Like the rest of the FCS teams, Albany didn't play at all in 2020, instead playing a spring season at the start of 2021. After redshirting in 2019, Verse earned a starting spot after coming up with three sacks in three games as a backup. In his first start against Stony Brook, Verse made 10 tackles and a sack, though the Great Danes lost 21-7.

That spurred into a big 2021 fall season. Verse made 9½ sacks during the season, include three two-sack games. He ended up on the HERO FCS Freshman All-America team for 2021.

Verse played tight end at Central Columbia High School

At Central Columbia High in Bloomsburg, Pa., Verse was a weapon on both sides of the ball. He played defensive end, but was also a solid tight end on offense. 

Verse caught 15 passes as a senior for 385 yards. He also caused three forced fumbles on defense. He also caught 15 passes as a junior.

Verse was a Pennsylvania state track champion

Verse was a versatile athlete in high school. He also played basketball and excelled at track and field as a sprinter.

As a senior, Verse was part of Central Columbia's winning 4-by-400-meter relay team in the Class 3A Pennsylvania State Championships. He also ran in the 100, 200 and 4-by-100s.

Albany offered Verse chance to play defensive end

Verse himself said he wasn't heavily recruited out of high school for football, according to the Albany Times-Union. "I wasn't really a big focus for any school," he said in an interview. 

Most schools that did pursue him were more interested him as a tight end. The University of Albany gave him the chance to play on defense, and he jumped at it.

“Offense is cool, like catch a pass, get a touchdown, celebrate with your teammates,” Verse told the Times-Union. “But defense, you get to sack somebody, send them on the ground, throw somebody around. It’s too good of a thought to let go.”

Verse is leaving Albany on a good note

Wherever Verse will be playing in 2022 and beyond, he will leave the Great Danes with no hard feelings, saying he doesn't need to leave Albany to get better, he needs to leave the entire conference they play in.

"I have nothing bad to say about Albany," Verse told the Albany Times-Union. "I love the coaches here, everything about here. I felt after helping myself grow as a player and everything like that, you'd have to leave the CAA — not Albany, but the CAA — to go somewhere FBS-wise."

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