Florida State hosts its second recruiting junior day Saturday. While most South Florida prospects are not expected to attend, instead opting for the huge Nike Camp in Miami, some prospects from the central and northern parts of the state, as well as out of state players are expected to attend.
One of those is Nate Craig-Myers, a five-star receiver from Tampa Catholic, formerly of Dade City (Fla.) Pasco. At 6'1 1/2" and 205 pounds, NCM is considered one of the five best receivers in the country by pretty much all rating services. And he's committed to the Auburn Tigers. Florida State has not given up on recruiting NCM, however, and Wednesday, he posted this interesting tweet:
"Hopefully FSU Offer my brother @jayvaughn_myers this weekend it's gonna be big if they do!✊ #FearTheSpear #NoleNation"
The implication is one of a package deal: that if Florida State offers NCM's half brother Jayvaughn, of Dade City (Fla.) Pasco, that they'd both attend the same school. Auburn has not offered his brother. But package deals do not always work out, so while Jayvaughn does not have to be superstar level, he needs to be at least baseline "Florida State good" to earn offer.
So the question becomes should Florida State offer Jayvaughn Myers at Junior Day? If so, it wouldn't be at receiver. Myers profiles as a defensive back.
His current offers are Rutgers and USF, which does not scream "Florida State quality prospect," but it is very early in the cycle, much too early to judge a prospect on his offers.
Myers various recruiting profiles list him at 6'1 and 175 pounds. Elite programs like Florida State place a major emphasis on size, because elite players without prototypical size (ala Lamarcus Joyner) are rare.
Myers' film is below.
He shows acceptable, but not great speed for his claimed size, and his hips don't necessarily always look great. He does drive on the ball well in some of the clips, is physical and a willing tackler. He also looks very raw. And that's why his size will be so important. If he is a true 6'1 with a frame to hold 200+ pounds, it suggests that he could move to safety if boundary corner doesn't workout. That's positional versatility, which is valuable to a school.
Florida State returns 12 defensive backs in 2016 and attrition of one or two is reasonable, meaning Florida State will likely be in the market for four or five defensive backs. It already has one in Miami Central safety Jamel Cook.
If his size and grades check out, being the half-brother of Nate Craig-Myers may be enough for FSU to offer Jayvaughn Myers. If they don't, I wouldn't expect an offer just to lure NCM. While NCM is an elite talent, the state of Florida is absolutely loaded at the receiver position for the 2016 class, with perhaps as many as 15 receivers rated four- or five-stars.