FSU Reels in World Class Speed

Florida State picked up verbal commitment no. 14 on Thursday afternoon when Boone speedster Marvin Bracy made his college decision. Bracy becomes the first WR commit in the class for 2012. Get a full evaluation of Bracy in this article.

Marvin Bracy

High School: Orlando Boone

Position: Wide Receiver/Kick Returner

Ht/Wt: 5'9, 170

What to like: Speed. Speed. Speed. Speed. In a state that is defined by it's speed, Bracy is at least a step ahead of every player in the state. He has world class speed and should continue to improve there over the next couple of years.


Bracy willl line-up at WR and kick returner
Chad Simmons, Scout.com

Over the last decade two other players are similar to Bracy: Jeff Demps(UF) and Xavier Carter(LSU). FSU fans know all about Demps as he has been a terrific big-play threat for the Gators. Demps was an FSU fan, but the folks in Tallahassee passed on him, clearly that was a mistake....and they learned from it. It has been a couple of years since Carter played, but when he did, he showed what speed can do. Carter chose to pursue a track career.

Florida State has seemingly made in-roads in every part of the state, if there was one area that was lacking, it was Central Florida. Bracy joins James Hamilton on the commitment list for 2012. The players come from two of Orlando's finest programs(Olympia and Boone).

Bracy will need time to develop at WR, he is very raw there, but should make an immediate impact on special teams as a returner. He has the potential to FSU's version of Devin Hester or Brandon James. He has the tools to approach what the great Deion Sanders did at FSU.

How he Fits: FSU is losing two WRs this year. Bert Reed should leave as one of the most productive receivers of all-time and Taiwan Easterling has already chosen to pursue a baseball career. Bracy is a faster version of Reed. While Reed is fast, he does not possess the wheels of Bracy. This is a potential upgrade for that role. There is already plenty of size on the roster at WR with Kelvin Benjamin(6'6), Rodney Smith(6'5), Willie Haulstead(6'3), Christian Green(6'2), and Jarred Haggins(6'2), Bracy will be a big play weapon that is used to get into space.

While Greg Reid has been a great punt returner, FSU has struggled on kickoff returns. Bracy will change that from day one.

Bracy will run track at FSU and should keep the upward momentum going that the FSU track program has shown the past couple of years.

What May Concern You: There is not much that should here. He is certainly on the raw side, but time is on his side as FSU is very deep at the WR position. Bracy will be given plenty of opportunity to develop before he is thrust into a key role.

The track thing is a mild concern. Many have said that this is a future Olympian in 100 meter dash. Should that be true, it is certainly likely that he could pursue that down the road. You have to take that chance when you recruit this type of speed, however.

Bottom line, there are a lot more "pro's" than "con's" here and today is a day for celebration. You simply can't teach this type of speed.


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