Thursday, October 11, 2012
Five WRs to watch in 2014
By Corey Dowlar
Florida Sate has three verbal commitments at the wide receiver position for 2014. The challenge, though, will be to hold on to all of them while adding one or two more top talents. NoleNation takes a look at the candidates who are already on the radar:
Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Park) -- After he made a tremendous impression on the summer camp circuit, it was no surprise that Florida State accepted McCrary's commitment in July. A smooth target who makes his way in and out of cuts, the ESPN Watch List member is coveted by the biggest programs in the country. More offers have come in recently for McCrary, but the 6-foot wide receiver says he is solid to the Seminoles at the moment. He's close friends with fellow 2014 receiver commitment C.J. Worton, which doesn't hurt FSU's chances to retain him.
C.J. Worton (Homestead, Fla./South Dade) -- Like McCrary before him, Worton impressed Florida State's coaches enough at the second session of the Jimbo Fisher Camp that he earned an offer. Within about two weeks, he accepted it and committed to the Seminoles. A versatile player at 6-0 and 160 pounds, Worton can play both receiver or cornerback at the next level, but that likely won't be decided for a while. He is a strong verbal commitment to Florida State.
J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) -- The ESPN Watch List member is a critical part of a high-powered Immokalee offense. Jackson received early offers from Clemson, Florida, Ohio State and Tennessee before deciding on FSU in March. The Seminoles might face some obstacles in retaining Jackson, depending on where some of his teammates, such as 2013 standouts Mackensie Alexander and Deadrin Senat, end up going for college.
Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) -- The 6-2, 171-pound Lane could very well make a run at being the top receiver in Florida for 2014. He's already on the ESPN Watch List and has offers from Alabama, Florida State and nearby Miami. Lane excelled everywhere he went this summer on the camp circuit, with a great combination of size and speed that gives defensive backs problems. He will be high on Florida State's wish list.
Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian) -- It has been a long time since Florida State went into the state of Louisiana to lure a top recruit, but the Seminoles will try to do just that with this ESPN Watch List receiver in 2014. Cincinnati, Colorado, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Vanderbilt also have offered. Could be an uphill fight to pry him from the grasp of in-state LSU, but the Seminoles will try their best.