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Florida State football commit analysis: Scouting tight end Jordan Wilson

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Breaking down FSU’s latest transfer.

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The Florida State Seminoles staff has been busy with the transfer market.

They’ve already secured commits from offensive lineman Devontay Love-Taylor, cornerback Meiko Dotson, defensive tackle Fabien Lovett, defensive ends Deonte Williams and Jarrett Jackson, linebacker Cornel Jones, and running back Jashaun Corbin.

Saturday night, the Seminoles secured another commit from the transfer portal in tight end Jordan Wilson.

We’ll take a look at Wilson’s film and provide you our thoughts and analysis at what fans can expect from the transfer from UCLA.

SCOUT

A physical presence in the tight end group was a need, and it appears as though FSU has found a fit. Checking in at 6’4 240 pounds, Wilson has a power forward’s frame. Let’s take a look at some of Wilson’s film and see what there is to like:

This highlight reel comes from Wilson’s time at UCLA. Wilson’s career was on an upward trend through 2017, but then Chip Kelly installed an offense that at times utilized three or four tight ends, forcing Wilson to take more of a back seat.

So what is there to like about Wilson’s game?

A physical presence

Wilson plays the TE position with an old-school mindset. He’s willing to get his hands dirty as an in-line blocker. You’ll notice he’s more comfortable running routes, but Wilson’s a capable blocker. Wilson bends well in his lower half, but plays a little upright at times and his base can get wide. Against defensive ends and linebackers he still manages a stalemate or movement, which is good to see. Wilson will be asked to play as an in-line blocker and should fit that role nicely. He’ll need to continue improving, but shows hope as his PFF run-blocking grades have climbed from 2017 to 2019.

Big frame in the passing game

With a basketball background, Wilson uses his frame well to box defenders out and create a big target for his quarterback. This is something FSU’s offense has lacked in recent years, and Wilson should become a security blanket for Seminole QBs. Wilson doesn’t have separating speed, but he possesses agility, allowing him to get position on defenders. Once Wilson gets position, he keeps defenders on his hip and finds a way to make plays. Don’t expect Wilson to be a downfield threat, but he should play very well in the middle of the field on shorter routes and in the red zone.

Securing Wilson’s commit is huge for Florida State’s tight end position. Currently, the only scholarship tight end on FSU’s roster with any experience is Camren McDonald.