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Four-star receiver Malachi Wideman commits to Florida State

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A big athletic target for Briles’ passing game.

Malachi Wideman

Composite four-star 2020 wide receiver Malachi Wideman has committed to FSU. According to the 247Sports composite, Wideman is a top-200 player nationally and the 32nd-ranked receiver in the country and a top 30 player in the state of Florida. Wideman hails from Riverview High School in Sarasota.

Wideman is currently listed at 6’4 and 180 pounds. He’s extremely athletic, and it shows both on the field and on the basketball court. Wideman is also ranked as a blue-chip four-star small forward by Rivals, and a top 100 player nationally.

In fact, Wideman has already drawn some attention for his athleticism:

FSU has recruited Wideman as a two-sport player as well, and was offered by both of the Seminole programs. Leonard Hamilton sees Wideman as a shooting guard at the collegiate level.

Despite his size Wideman is an excellent, twitchy athlete. He loves to play above the rim on the court and uses that ability well on the football field. He’s still raw in both sports in terms of skill.

Wideman was also recruited by Florida, Auburn, and UCF. However, Wideman grew up rooting for the ’Noles, and loved what FSU pitched him at the Garnet and Gold Spring Game - using his size, length, and speed aggressively on the outside. It didn’t hurt that FSU has been nationally relevant in basketball for several years now. Wideman was recruited by area recruiter Raymond Woodie and his position coach, Ron Dugans.