NoleDigest Take: Kermit Whitfield

Florida State received their 18th commitment for the 2013 class on Monday morning. Orlando Jones wide receiver Kermit Whitfield is the third verbal pledge at the wide receiver position. NoleDigest breaks down Whitfield's game.

Kermit Whitfield

High School: Jones (Orlando)

Ht/Wt: 5'8, 165

Position: Wide Receiver

Junior Highlights

Video of Announcement

Analysis: Florida State landed the fastest player in the country a year ago in Marvin Bracy. They very well may have landed the fastest player again for the 2013 class in Bracy's cousin Kermit Whitfield this year.


Whitfield has 4.3 speed and good hands
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Whitfield has game-breaking straight line speed and is a potential big play weapon on special teams. As a receiver he projects to the slot where he is dangerous in space and can get down the field.

Whitfield lacks ideal height, but he does have a somewhat stocky frame and possesses excellent strength, particularly in the upper body. Whitfield has played mainly wide receiver and safety for Jones during the past two seasons. He missed some games as a junior due to an ankle injury (10 catches for 226 yards and 4 TDs).

For FSU: FSU has added size in the 2013 wide receiver class with Tony Stevens(6'3) and Isaiah Jones(6'4), now they have added the game breaking speed with Whitfield. Jesus Wilson can also play WR, but we expect him to slide to CB where his ceiling is higher.

While there is only one senior on the roster at the WR position, Willie Haulstead and Christian Green are draft eligible. In addition Greg Dent, Jared Haggins, and Kenny Shaw are juniors and they will also depart after the 2013 season.

Clearly they have now addressed the position and landed three potential difference makers. However one big target remains and that is Northeast stand-out Stacy Coley. Coley has the 'Noles out in front, but his recruitment is likely to go until signing day.

Final Thoughts: Two things have been consistent on the recruiting trail for FSU during the Jimbo Fisher era: size and speed. Whitfield clearly fills the latter and FSU is quickly assembling one of the faster teams in the country. Bracy, Whitfield, and Ronald Darby are national caliber sprinters.

With 18 verbal commitments FSU is well on their way to signing another top 5 class.


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