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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Another look at wide receiver

By Corey Dowlar

Florida State's wide receiver corps are in good shape entering 2013, as WR is arguably the Seminoles' strongest position group.

But at some point, this group is going to have to be restocked and retooled. And the 2014 recruiting cycle is a good place to start.

The Seminoles will take a handful in the Class of 2014.

Commitments: J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss./Purvis), C.J. Worton (Homestead, Fla./South Dade), JoJo Robinson (Miami/Northwestern).

Malachi Dupre
In-state LSU will be tough to beat for wide receiver Malachi Dupre, but FSU will give it its best shot.

Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) 6-foot-2, 171 pounds

Status: Undeclared

Major players: Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Miami (Fla.)

The skinny: Alabama has done really well to get in on Lane's recruitment early. The nation's top receiver prospect is probably leaning to the defending national champions at this point. But if there are any schools that could sway him, they'd be the big three in-state programs. And they'll be doing their best.

Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian) 6-foot-3, 187 pounds

Status: Undeclared

Major players: LSU, Alabama, Clemson and Florida State

The skinny: As with most top recruits in the state of Louisiana, LSU is usually the favorite by default. And that's probably still the case here. But Florida State is in this one. And if it can turn the head of teammate Mattrell McGraw, FSU might have a fighting chance to grab Dupre, also.

Saeed Blacknall (Manalpan, N.J./Manalapan) 6-foot-3, 205 pounds

Status: Undeclared

Major players: LSU, Ohio State, Florida State, Notre Dame and Alabama.

The skinny: Florida State has an uphill battle with the ESPN 150 receiver, as LSU and Ohio State are thought to be the favorites at this early stage. The Seminoles will have a lot of work to do not only to get him away from those programs, but also to keep Alabama and Notre Dame from moving in.

Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) 5-foot-11, 177 pounds

Status: Undeclared

Major players: Florida, Michigan, Florida State, Notre Dame

The skinny: After his teammate Mason Cole committed to Michigan, there was a lot of buzz that Scott would follow suit shortly thereafter. That didn't happen, and now Scott is giving the in-state schools Florida and Florida State a closer look. There's still a decent chance he could leave the state, but the Gators and Seminoles will get their chances to persuade him.

Other targets: Darrell Langham (Lake Worth, Fla./Santaluces Community), Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr), Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer), Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp).