This is the 14th in a series of articles counting down the most important players for Florida State in 2012. There are 44 days until FSU football, and that's how many are left on the list. That means no off days. Oh, and these are not in any specific order.
Jarred Haggins | 6'0, 187 | Junior | Receiver
Background (Courtesy school bio)
Quarterbacked the Lakeland Dreadnaughts as a senior but moved to receiver at FSU...a three-star prospect according to both Rivals and Scout.com...finished with a No. 84 ranking in Florida Rivals Postseason Top 100...ranked No. 42 in the SuperPrep Florida 115...ESPN ranked Haggins as No. 46 athlete nationally...led Lakeland to the 5A state semifinals, losing to Tampa Plant...was a third team 5A All-State selection as a utility player in 2008 when the Dreadnaughts lost to St. Thomas Aquinas in the state championship...as a senior threw for 1,512 yards and 17 TDs with just four interceptions...rushed for 525 yards and seven TDs...passed for 1,303 yards and 14 TDs in 2008, while adding 298 rushing yards and one score...blessed with 4.4 speed...nephew of FSU assistant coach and Polk County native Odell Haggins...two-time, first team All-Polk selection...chose the Seminoles over Florida, Louisville, Ohio State, USF and Tennessee...born January 17, 1992.
After a double dose of doubling up, I only have time for a single player tonight in order to squeeze this post in under the deadline.
Haggins may be one of the most forgotten players on Florida State's roster, and that makes him perfect for posting long after many readers thought we forgot about today's post.
With just 12 career catches for less than 98 yards, Haggins would be easy to forget. Almost as easy as the progress he made during his first two years. Word out of practice had him as a dependable option in the slot for EJ Manuel.
Then, while making a great catch against Oklahoma, Haggins broke his hand. He wouldn't catch another ball the rest of the year.
But I don't think Haggins career at Florida State is over. He was a QB in high school, and transitioned well to receiver. He was shaping up as a dependable option over the middle for EJ Manuel.
It's that versatility that sets him apart from a fellow junior like Greg Dent, who hasn't shown that he can play the slot. FSU has 10 scholarship receivers, and Haggins, along with Christian Green, are the two listed at slot in the pre-season depth chart in the new media guide.
Florida State has a lot of players who are athletic and present the potential for big plays. Haggins is also athletic, but he may offer the consistency that others lack. That consistency could be Haggins' ticket to getting on the field in 2012, as Manuel needs receivers to be where he expects them to be.