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Monday, February 25, 2013
Noles 2013 snapshot: Jesus Wilson

By Corey Dowlar

With national signing day now beyond us, NoleNation takes a closer look at the next crop of Seminoles.

Vitals: Wide receiver Jesus Wilson (Miami/Columbus), 5-foot-10, 165 pounds.

Committed: June 15, 2012. grade: 80, four-star prospect. rankings: No. 62 wide receiver in the country, No. 221 prospect in the Southeast region and No. 89 player in the state of Florida.

Picked Florida State over: Louisville, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and West Virginia.

Jesus Wilson
Even though FSU is deep at wide receiver, the explosive Jesus Wilson could find his way onto the field as a true freshman.
State of the position: Arguably Florida State's deepest and most talented position on the roster, the wide receivers have a chance to be a special group over the next couple of years. Rashad Greene, Kenny Shaw, Greg Dent, Kelvin Benjamin, Jarred Haggins, Marvin Bracy, Christian Green and Willie Haulstead are all back in 2013. Jimbo Fisher's offense, though, loves rotating players at the position and most, if not all, will see significant time next season. scouting report: Wilson is not very big, but he sure can roll. This is a lightning quick jitterbug that is essentially a slot receiver/scatback and potential cover corner upside. Is diminutive in stature, but knows how to protect himself and is also a tough little bugger that isn't afraid to work the middle of the field. Has big-catch and big-play ability at the position and is a nice weapon. Displays good hands and keen hand-eye coordination. Consistently comes down with the difficult, over-the-shoulder grab. Extends well away from his frame. Can pluck on the move. Tracks ball well in traffic with good body control and adjustment. Does a very good job working a defensive back's leverage and getting outside on his release. Reads coverage very well and finds the soft spots in zone. Polished route runner. After the catch he gets north quickly showing good burst and acceleration. Can make the first defender miss as well and has some shake. Is a short strider and does appear quicker than fast at times. He is a definite return candidate both as a kick off guy and punt returner. This is where he could make a statement. Size is a concern when projecting for the major college level. Will likely need to play in the slot to avoid the jam and press. Will go up and attack the football but you would like to see more height and length on the jump-ball.

Expected impact: Despite a wealth of depth at the slot position, Wilson could play immediately. Though skinny during the camp at which he was offered (and then committed), Wilson has put on some really good weight and filled out. He's explosive and can create plays while being tough enough to go over the middle. There were some rumors that he would switch to the other side of the ball at cornerback, but Wilson has been adamant that he will be playing offense. And judging from Wilson's comments on his feedback with receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey, it's true.