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Florida State wide receiver recruiting in 2019: Offers, targets, board

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’Noles have offers to several key WR’s in 2019 class.

Maurice Goolsby
Florida State wide receiver commit, Maurice Goolsby

Florida State Seminoles football is slated to return nine receivers in 2019, though attrition of at least one should be expected. Willie Taggart has said the team wants to carry 12 at the position, so the Seminoles should be looking to sign at least one in the 2019 class to get close to that number. Given the apparent success of the 2018 signing class at the receiver position, it’s probably wise to try to strike big again in the 2020 class.

Here is a general rundown of the position. We will update this throughout the recruiting season.

Commitments

  • Maurice Goolsby, Dunnellon (Fla): Standing at 6-5, 196 lb, the Seminoles have only one receiving target taller than the Dunnellon High School product. Florida State received his commitment on April 14, less than six months after he de-committed from the University of Florida. The ’Noles have had some recent success with 6-5 wideouts, see Kelvin Benjamin and Auden Tate.

Offers

  • George Pickens, Hoover (Ala) Hoover: Pickens is an Auburn commit but has shown interest in Florida State. The receiver from Alabama has great size at 6’4’, 190, and is ranked as a top 10 receiver in the Class of 2019.
  • Jadon Haselwood, Ellenwood (Ga), Cedar Grove: Haselwood is the top receiver in the nation and FSU just had him on campus this past month. Miami is the leader, but Florida State is at least in contention.
  • Arjei Henderson, Richmond (Tx), Fort Bend Travis: Henderson decommitted from Oklahoma on 11/26/18. Florida State will attempt to make an in home visit with top 20 wide receiver.

Potential offers

FSU is continuously evaluating players, but given the small number of receivers it is taking, don’t expect many more to go out until some players come off the board.

Previously

  • Frank Ladson, Homestead (Fla.) South Dade: The 6’5 Ladson is the top receiver on FSU’s board (he committed to Clemson).
  • Demarcus Griffin, Chandler (Ariz): A three-star prospect, Griffin has received five Power-5 offers since January. Florida State made their offer six days after the University of Florida extended an offer just three days into the new year. (Removed because there doesn’t seem to be much pursuit in either direction.)
  • Jalen Curry, Houston (Texas) St. Pius X: A four-star receiving threat from Texas, Curry set a state record by hauling in 26 catches during a game on October 27, 2017. After committing to FSU during the summer following his sophomore year, he de-committed when news broke of former head coach Jimbo Fisher’s departure. Curry isn’t being pursued as hard by the in-state Aggies and Longhorns, and Ole Miss seems to have some traction.
  • John Dunmore, Hollywood (Fla) Chaminade-Madonna Prep: Perhaps the most likely target to commit to Florida State, the Florida native appears to be focussing on in-state schools. After de-committing from UF on January 22, the 6’2’’ receiver visited Tallahassee for Junior Day. Dunmore committed to Penn State on 7/4/18.
  • Marcus Washington, Saint Louis (Mo) Trinity Catholic: Listed as the highest rated FSU target yet to commit, according to 247Sports, the 6-2 receiver ranks as the No. 6 WR in the Class of 2019. Washington committed to Texas on 10/26/2018.
  • Dylan Wright, Mesquite (Tex) West Mesquite: Currently recovering from a toe injury, his junior season wasn’t anything spectacular (545 yards, seven touchdowns). Committed to Texas A&M on 8/6/18.
  • Treylon Burks, Warren (Ark): A quick look at some highlights and you’ll see why the ’Noles are interested in the 6’3’’ wideout — he possess a real nice balance of size and speed. Burks committed to Arkansas on 7/30/18.
  • Joe Ngata, Folsom (Calif.): Another 6’3’’ wide receiver, Ngata is quite bigger than the prototype wideout. With his size, and blocking ability, he could almost certainly transition to TE in college. However, his 1,777 yards and 26 receiving touchdowns, as a junior in 2017, prove why he is viewed as such a receiving threat. Ngata committed to Clemson on 7/28/18.
  • Devonta Lee, Amite (La): With similar size to Ngata, Lee (6’2’’, 212 lb) appears to be focussing his attention on the SEC with Alabama and LSU listed as the front-runners.
  • Lance Wilhoite, Nashville (Tenn) Franklin Road Academy: Rated the No. 1 prospect in the state of Tennessee, the 6’2’’ receiver visited Tallahassee on March 10 for an unofficial visit. Wilhoite committed to Oregon on 6/28/18.
  • Trey Palmer, Kentwood (La): Having visited LSU during their recent Spring Game, there’s a good chance that the 6’1’’, 170 lb receiving threat will commit in-state. Four other SEC schools are high on his list as well. Palmer committed to LSU on 8/1/18.
  • Jameson Williams, Saint Louis (MO) Cardinal Ritter College Prep: Ranked just behind Washington — third in the state of Missouri — Williams packs excellent speed into his 6’2’’ frame. Having never done it before, Williams ran the 100m dash in 10.54 seconds last year — that’s less than a half-second behind Team USA sprinter Trayvon Bromell (10.06) at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Williams committed to Ohio State on 9/28/28.
  • Zion Puckett, Griffin (Ga) Spalding: Florida State’s only realistic receiving target so far from the state of Georgia, Puckett has been sitting on an offer from FSU since April 27, 2017. The 6’1’’, 190 lb receiver has made four unofficial visits — none of them have been to Tallahassee. Puckett committed to Auburn on 8/17/18.
  • Jashawn Sheffield, St. Simons Island (Ga.) Frederica Academy: Sheffield was a priority target after his sophomore season under the old staff. Sheffield committed to Auburn on 6/23/18.

Notes/Updates

Previous update: 5/2: Dunmore is clearly the top uncommitted receiver on the board for the Seminoles. There seems to be a dropoff after Dunmore, in terms of elite players who are showing FSU the mutual interest. Goolsby’s 5.0 40-yard dash time is concerning, but his fast shuttle run as a 6’5 receiver is encouraging. FSU will want to see him do well at camp this summer, since him committing so quickly was a surprise. With 2 potential spots, one filled, and one reserved for Dunmore, FSU is essentially done at the position unless something unexpected happens (extra attrition, or a super-elite prospect wanting in).

11/27 update: Florida State has turned their focus to George Pickens and Jadon Haselwood as top targets. Both have visited Florida State recently.

12/12: Added Areij Henderson, who decommitted from Oklahoma.

Realistically, FSU looks like it will take just one receiver in this class. It should not be considered a favorite for any major prospects at this point.