- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
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A week before signing day, Florida State had visions of putting together the best receiver class in the country. With No. 2 receiver Ermon Lane and No. 6 receiver Travis Rudolph signed to the Seminoles by noon, Jimbo Fisher was waiting on just one more.
Ja’Von Harrison (Lakeland, Fla./Kathleen) gave Fisher the last signature he was looking for, flipping from Virginia Tech in favor of the in-state Seminoles. Harrison, an ESPN 300 athlete, will play receiver in Tallahassee.
It is a signing day coup for the Seminoles, as their interest in Harrison, No. 117 in the ESPN 300, grew earlier this month. Florida State was able to get Harrison on campus for an official visit the weekend of Jan. 17, and that is when he began contemplating a flip to Florida State.
With the losses of Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw, the Seminoles are looking for a few freshmen to possibly play early in 2014. With the Seminoles projecting the 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete as a receiver, Harrison will compete with Lane and Rudolph to avoid a redshirt season and contribute as a freshman.
For the Hokies, signing day has not been kind. Coach Frank Beamer was hoping for a handful of four-star commitments but landed only Isaiah Ford. Harrison visited Blacksburg, Va., the weekend after his trip to Florida State, but Beamer was unable to pull Harrison away from the Seminoles.