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Monday, December 18, 2017

TE Mavin Saunders, a Florida State graduate, to transfer to Kansas

Florida State's Mavin Saunders looks at the approaching Boston college defense after making a reception in an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won the game 45-7. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

Florida State's Mavin Saunders looks at the approaching Boston college defense after making a reception in an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won the game 45-7. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

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Fresh off graduating from Florida State University, where he spent four seasons within the nationally renowned football program, tight end Mavin Saunders plans to finish his college career playing for Kansas.

The 6-foot-5, 256-pound Bimini, Bahamas native confirmed to the Journal-World he decided to transfer to KU after visiting Lawrence this past weekend.

The former Seminole said he plans to enroll at Kansas for the spring semester. As a grad transfer, he would become eligible immediately.

After visiting the facilities and meeting the coaching staff, Saunders said he thinks KU is an up-and-coming program.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to help,” he added.

The only tight end heavily involved in KU’s offense in 2017 was Ben Johnson, who made 30 catches for 363 yards in his senior season.

Other tight ends on the KU roster with eligibility remaining are Kenyon Tabor, who will be a redshirt freshman next season, juniors-to-be Moses Marshall IV and James Sosinski, and Ryen Renick, who will be a redshirt sophomore in 2018.

Saunders played in 10 games in his final year with the Seminoles but didn’t record a catch. He made 10 receptions for 182 yards in his redshirt sophomore season, of 2016.

Playing in eight games in 2015, Saunders recorded six catches for 52 yards. He took a medical redshirt in 2014, his first year on the FSU campus.

Rivals rated Saunders a three-star prospect out of high school. Other recruiting services, such as ESPN and 247Sports, listed him as a four-star talent.

Following his senior prep season at The Kinkaid School, in Houston, Rivals ranked him the No. 14 tight end in the country.

Before signing with FSU, Saunders also reportedly had offers from Ohio State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and several other Power Five programs.

Saunders announced after Florida State’s season concluded in November he planned to transfer elsewhere to finish his career. On Monday, he thanked FSU fans and wished his former teammates well going forward, in a note he posted to Twitter.

Comments

Bryson Stricker 1 year, 11 months ago

Also, I think you may have misstated that Ben Johnson's offensive production was higher than our whole offense.

The only tight end heavily involved in KU’s offense in 2017 was Ben Johnson, who made 31 catches for 3017 yards in his senior season.

Brian Wilson 1 year, 10 months ago

Uh Duh! I don't think they recruited this guy to catch passes! Read the article all you naysayers out there! This one looks like a smart move for a team that has one of the worst offensive lines in the country. Ol Marvin here played in 10 games without a catch and for a pretty good team. Sounds like this kid can block! A kid doesn't need five years in the system to learn how to block! There won't be much need for getting in sync or learning a bunch of routes or working on timing with the QB here. IMO, Marvin will be the emergency dump off target only after he plows some defender into the ground. And if he can.....RCJHKU!

Ryan Mullen 1 year, 11 months ago

Has a transfer worked out for us within the past 10 years?

John Fitzgerald 1 year, 11 months ago

This may be a stupid question but does this transfer take up a scholarship for the 2018 Class? If so, in my opinion, this not a good pick up. Remember Tom Keegan's article where he said if Beaty gets another year he'll bring in a bunch of JUCO's and Transfer players to try and bring immediate results? Seems to be spot on so far.

Bryson Stricker 1 year, 11 months ago

Yes sir it does. But it also gives us a GOOD player to come in and play now while the only GOOD TE on our roster will still be a redshirt freshman who just quite frankly isn't ready to be playing D1 football yet. TE is Junior/Senior role for the most part.

Excited to see if he can do what Ben Johnson couldn't. Meacham put a lot of focus on Ben Johnson this year and it finally proved that the kid was just not good to begin with.

John Fitzgerald 1 year, 11 months ago

Saunders played in 10 games in his final year with the Seminoles, but didn’t record a catch. He made 10 receptions for 182 yards in his redshirt sophomore season, of 2016.

I wouldn't go saying he's 'good' just yet. Could he help? Absolutely. But I would have rather seen another true freshmen come in. This isn't just about next year, this is about the year after and so on. The scholarship turnover is just as crucial as the coaching turnover and by bringing in so many JUCO's and Transfers Beaty is going to cutoff the only leg he has left to stand on. Don't get me wrong though, I want him to succeed next year, I just don't think guys like this are what we need at the moment.

Bryson Stricker 1 year, 11 months ago

I mean it's quite easy to say the dude is good. Look at his film of when he did play. Everyone has evaluated him as an amazing or excellent athlete. Florida State was a National Title contender 3/4 years he was there, keep that in mind in terms of his playing time.

John Fitzgerald 1 year, 11 months ago

But he didn't have any catches this year. We can play make believe all day, but it doesn't change that glaring fact.

Barry Weiss 1 year, 11 months ago

FSU's success appears to have nothing to do with this player. That's like saying Charlie Weiss must be great for us because he was in the pro's or he coached at ND.

Bill Kackley 1 year, 11 months ago

Well wouldn't you. I don't know if any of the tight ends currently on the roster are ready to play next year or not but if not bringing in a guy for one year, with experience, who was origionally recruited by Ohio St., FSU, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Old Miss, Miss. St and other power five schools seems like a pretty good use of a scholarship that I used would have gone to a low rated player.

Jack Hoff 1 year, 11 months ago

The TE position can be very important if you have effective players. More so than catching passes, what he does in the blocking game could make a world of difference for this team. If he can open up holes in the run block and use his size to convert some big first downs then I would call that a step in the right direction.

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year, 11 months ago

Beaty should never again blame Weis for what he did to the roster as far as jucos go, lm not sure how many transfers he brought in. This is shameful. This should be interesting. Didn't Weis bring in a TE from Florida who sat out a year before playing and who basically went unnoticed in his time here. Just another plug in the already many holes on the roster.

I like how some posters on this site classify him as "Good" having only 10 receptions in 2 years. Smh

Mike Hart 1 year, 11 months ago

Well, Kevin: The jury is out on him... as he hasn't played all that much. If you bothered to research him... he is one of 4 TE on the Florida State roster. He was very heavily recruited out of high school, so he certainly hasn't blossomed. But just as you criticize others for calling him good, you should hold off on criticism on Beaty giving him a shot here. We lost our starting TE and have very little experience now at the position. Could be a good move to have a guy with 3 years experience / development in the Florida State program. Shameful? Talk about jumping the gun on your assessment. Let's wait and see, shall we?

Dirk Medema 1 year, 11 months ago

This is the replacement of Jace Sternberger's scholarship. Not ideal but you've got to roll with the roster changes to keep a mix of under/upper classmen. Hopefully, Kenyon can develop into a viable 2nd option through a healthy 2nd year in the program.

It is good to hear that he will be here for the Spring. Another example of Coach Beaty implementing that aspect of recruiting better than in the previous programs.

Jeff Coffman 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh wow, so Beaty has 4 TEs that he has recruited, had an opportunity to develop, to prepare for the opportunity for playing time, and in that three years, not one of them is ready and now he has to get a player that did not record one catch last year.

This is one of those moments that I'm not sure I understand the goal.

Mike Hart 1 year, 11 months ago

Jeff, you weren't going to watch anyway next year, remember? So shouldn't impact you in the slightest.

Jeff Coffman 1 year, 11 months ago

Mike, I watched every game this year, and I will watch every game next year. Think twice before posting those types of comments.

Jerry Walker 1 year, 11 months ago

How 'bout it Benton...is the guy going to be on scholarship?

It's dang near impossible to get exited about a guy with 16 catches in 3 yrs.

Bill Kackley 1 year, 11 months ago

You know you guys would complain that Beaty didn"t win the national title if he only won the big 12.

Mike Hart 1 year, 11 months ago

Bill: Just accept the fact that each and every move that Beaty makes from here on out is going to be ridiculed and pre-judged as wrong. People aren't going to change. Keep in mind, it's supposedly the same people who are canceling their season tickets and won't be watching anyway next year... We all know that's crap.. they will still tune in. There isn't a singly right move that Beaty can make from here on out. People will criticize it. If he leaves a scholarship spot open this year... then people will criticize him for not filling it. Keep in mind: This was a heavily recruited TE who spent 3 years in the FSU program. His addition can't hurt. He was used in 2 TE sets at FSU, primarily as a blocker.. .and with his size.. he ought to help our offensive line. Worst-case scenario.. he isn't taking anyone's scholarship and it's a one year... one-off.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 11 months ago

Jeff - Nice cherry picking of stats. Never mind that 3 of the 4 TEs on the roster are walkons or that the TE recruited to fill in behind Johnson walked away from the program and the next man up was injured this year. This is a good pickup to fill a gap regardless of whether he ever catches a ball because there are contributions that don't appear on a stat sheet.

There have been walkons that have developed so it totally makes sense to have them but it's delusional to think that many will contribute much regardless of the coaching.

Jeff Coffman 1 year, 11 months ago

Maybe so; but every plan Beaty has had so far is lackluster. We need someone that can develop players so they don't walk away from the program and end up at TA&M. We need players that improve over a three year period. This might have been a position of need, but when you have more JUCOs and Transfers than HS players, even the coaches are admitting they can't develop the players.

Edward Daub 1 year, 11 months ago

Is Saunders the Next Nick O'Leary? No!

Is Saunders KU's Next Tight End? Yes!

Tight End is a Position of Need, so Saunders appears to be a Solid Pickup!

There are No Guarantees except for One, Mavin will Catch at least as many Footballs in 2018 at KU as He did at FSU in 2017!

Rock Chalk!

Barry Weiss 1 year, 11 months ago

10 games, no catch's? Probably a reason why he is leaving FSU.

Brian Wilson 1 year, 10 months ago

Apparently this kid can block! Hmm.....sounds useful!

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