Florida State has landed a commitment from Wisconsin graduate transfer quarterback Alex Hornibrook, according to a person within the program.
Hornibrook took an official visit to Florida State this weekend and spent time with the coaching staff and players. He took in multiple practices during the visit.
He will have one year to play at FSU due to NCAA grad transfer rules. Transfers are immediately eligible to play following their graduation from their previous institution.
He is expected to arrive at Florida State in May following his graduation from Wisconsin.
He was a three-year starter for the Badgers with a 26-6 career record, including an Orange Bowl win over Miami in 2017. He threw for 258 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Hurricanes.
He’s thrown for 47 touchdowns with 33 interceptions and 5,438 total yards during his career.
He threw for 1,532 yards with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in nine games in 2018.
Hornibrook was limited with multiple head injuries in 2018 including a concussion that caused him to miss the Badgers’ 31-17 loss to Northwestern. He has also dealt with back injuries during his career.
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Hornibrook will join a quarterback room that currently has just one scholarship quarterback — redshirt sophomore James Blackman — available to play the 2019 season.
Flolrida State has applied for a waiver for the redshirt freshman Jordan Travis, who transferred in from Louisville. That waiver is not expected to be granted.
The Seminoles were down to one scholarship quarterback because of 2018 starting quarterback Deondre Francois’ dismissal from the program in January.
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Hornibrook doesn’t necessarily fit what FSU is looking to do in the offense due to his lack of mobility.
But Florida State needed to find someone that’s capable of backing up James Blackman in 2019.
Hornibrook will have his opportunity to compete for the starting job during the fall, but will be well behind Blackman as far as running the system.
He will provide much-needed depth at the position and would save Florida State from having to use a walk-on at quarterback if Blackman wasn’t able to play due to injury or other unforeseen factors.