If the 2020 campaign goes off as scheduled, the Florida State football team will have an unexpected figure take the field.
In early December, Texas A&M running back Jashaun Corbin took his place in the NCAA transfer database. Later that month, Corbin announced that he had decided to transfer into the Florida State football program. At the time, it was reported that Corbin would seek a waiver from the NCAA that would allow him to play in 2020. At the time, it was also expected that the waiver being granted was a longshot.
Three months later, FSU announced that Corbin has been granted an immediate-eligibility waiver. That will allow the back to play for the Seminoles this coming season.
“We are grateful to the NCAA for this decision and to Texas A&M for supporting this process,” first-year Florida State football head coach Mike Norvell said in a statement. “We’re excited for Jashaun and the opportunity he’s going to have to impact this program on and off the field.”
Corbin started the first two games of the 2019 campaign before going down with a season-ending hamstring injury, rushing for 137 yards in that limited action. As a true freshman the year before, he totaled 346 yards and a touchdown on 61 carries.
A four-star 2018 signee, Corbin was rated as the No. 8 all-purpose back in the country. He was also the No. 49 player at any position in the state of Florida. Only one skill player in A&M’s class that year, wide receiver Jalen Preston, was rated higher.
Corbin had originally committed to Florida State football, but ended up following Jimbo Fisher to A&M.
“I’d like to start by giving all glory to God,” Corbin said. “I’m thankful for the opportunities He has given me and for this opportunity to play at Florida State. Thank you to everyone in Compliance for working on my behalf and to my coaches for their support throughout this process. I also want to say thank you to Texas A&M for making this possible. I’m looking forward to being a big contributor to the team this upcoming season.”