Recruit Roundup: Wide Receiver

Florida State has a rich history of wide receivers including Peter Warrick, Andre Cooper, Lawrence Dawsey and Anquan Boldin. After a few lean years, the position is on the upswing again. NoleDigest takes an in-depth look at this spot.

The Players

Bert Reed (Senior)

Willie Haulstead (Junior)

Rodney Smith (Junior)

Kenny Shaw (Sophomore)

Jarred Haggins (Sophomore)

Greg Dent (Sophomore)

Christian Green (Freshman)

Rashad Greene (Freshman)

Kelvin Benjamin (Freshman)

As mentioned in the opening, this is as deep as FSU has been at the wide receiver position in about a decade. With just one senior, this unit should continue to get better. Haulstead and Smith provide size on the outside while also having the speed for to get down the field. Reed will graduate as one of the most productive players to ever play the position in Tallahassee. Those three figure to be the leading receivers in the 2011 season.

Shaw, Haggins and Dent are each making a move this year and all played significantly in the opener. Dent made the big play downfield, but Haggins was targeted early and often. Shaw made the game's best catch on the sideline. There is a lot of versatility with these three, and each is capable of being a primary target down the road.

Greene scored a TD on his first catch ever as a 'Nole on Saturday. He seems to have beaten out the uber-talented Benjamin at this time. FSU's other Green was perhaps it's most heralded recruit on this list, but an injury his freshman year as slowed his progress. He did earn a redshirt, and we expect him to make a move at some point in the future. Simply put, he is too talented not to succeed.

The Recruits

Marvin Bracy

Bracy is one of the fastest players in the WORLD. Yes, the WORLD. The 5-9 dynamo figures to make an instant impact on special teams while learning the finer points of the position. It is quite possible that his speed is too difficult to keep off the field early. He might be able to help in some packages that get him in space.

FSU made a good run at Chris Black and Amari Cooper but may come up short to Alabama in both cases. With only one receiver graduating, the Seminoles may choose to walk with just one receiver in this cycle.

Several talented wideouts from across the country would jump at a Florida State offer, so it will be interesting to see how the program handles things down the stretch.

The "Future" Future

FSU will lose just three wideouts over the next two seasons and has one in the fold to replace them right now. It is easy to just say that Bracy will replace Reed. Haulstead (6-3) and Smith's (6-5) graduation will take some size off the field after the 2012 season, so it would make sense for FSU to target some bigger receivers for the 2013 class.

Five to keep an eye on:

Stacey Coley (6-1): The most talented wideout that this analyst has seen. Game comes natural to him, and this is a player who can score from anywhere on the field. Early mutual interest here.

Ahmad Fulwood (6-4): Has the size that FSU will be likely looking for in the future. The Bishop Kenny standout can do it all.

Taj Williams (6-2): Local product from Lincoln. He is a player that has the speed, wiggle and hands to be an elite player. Needs some weight right now.

Jordan Cunningham (6-3): Big wideout from a school that is producing more and more talent every year. Needs to work on his speed, but all the other tools are there. He is a Miami lean at this time.

Travis Johnson (6-3): Camper that hails from Tampa Jesuit. Big and thick. Has the opportunity to really develop over the next two years.

Bottom Line

Big things are expected from many of the youngsters, and this unit will improve yearly from here on out. The numbers are very good right now, and FSU is still replacing graduating players with prospects that have more natural talent.

The big thing is replacing the size that coach Jimbo Fisher covets on the outside. Benjamin stands at 6-6 and 240, so he is one piece to the puzzle. Landing a pair -- or perhaps a trifecta -- in the 2013 class is the priority right now. The good news is that this is Florida, and we produce the best wide receivers in the country.


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