NoleDigest Take: Rashad Greene

Florida State received their 12th commitment today from St. Thomas Aquinas Wide Receiver Rashad Greene. The 6'0, 175 pound rising senior chose the Noles over more than 20 offers including ones from Florida, Miami, Georgia, and Notre Dame.

About the Player:

Rashad Greene transfered to St Thomas from Georgia after his sophomore year. There are few program's in Florida that match St. Thomas's, particularly in their coaching of the Wide Receiver position (NFL legend Cris Carter). He finished his junior season with about 25 catches for over 700 yards and made an impact as a punt returner. With Quarterback Jacob Rudock back (D-1 recruit with BCS offers) and fellow WR Phil Dorsett, STA is once again the favorite in the 5A classification and should have an explosive offense.


Nike Miami Combine: 6'0, 170, 4.42 40 yard dash, 37.5 vertical, 4.16 shuttle, 7.26 3-Cone.

Evaluation of Player

From's Southeast Regional Manager Chad Simmons:

"Greene is a well balanced wide receiver with size, speed, and hands. He still can add weight and get stronger to improve against physical corners on the next level, but he has the tools schools look for at that position. His speed down field is arguably his biggest strength and he can stretch the field and also take the short pass the distance. He will be a weapon early on the next level."

I had the opportunity to watch Greene twice last year. The first time was in the national contest vs. Byrnes and the second was in the state semi-finals at Manatee High School. Greene did not have a huge game in either, nevertheless I left very impressed with him both times. He can flat run and has deep speed, it is not just about quickness, he can really accelerate 10-15 yards down the field and pull away.

He has excellent, light feet and flashes some ability to make defenders miss. He understands how to run crisp routes and he possesses elite hands.

On the camp circuit he was nothing short of dominant. I put more stock in things players do in pads, but Greene was virtually uncoverable at times in one on ones. His performances clearly put him in the top three WRs in the state and he will be able to stake his claim to the top spot with a strong senior season. He will have plenty of opportunity to shine in front of big(sometimes national) audiences.

In the end, we are talking about a 6'0 refined WR with speed who comes from one of the top programs in the country. It is a huge pick-up for FSU.

Where he Fits

It is generally thought that we will only take one Wide Receiver this year. Rashad Greene was the player we targeted and he is the player we landed. FSU has not pursued Kelvin Benjamin nor Sammy Watkins with any vigor, it is clear where Greene sat on the board with the FSU coaches. Any time you land your no. 1 target, you have hit a home run.

Greene is an excellent fit with last year's haul of Christian Green, Greg Dent, Kenny Shaw, and DeJoshua Johnson. This group looks like the old days as all five of these guys possess vast potential. Competition makes players better and Wide Receiver might be one of the most fiercely contested.

The beauty of this haul is that each WR brings something different to the table, that increases options, which in turn should form a complete offense. Don't forget about 6'5 Rodney Smith or 6'3 Willie Haulstead, they are only one year older than this group and they bring that size to the table.

FSU added yet another attractive piece to their 2011 recruiting puzzle today.

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