Other offers: Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida International
Analysis: Another longtime commit, Jones is hoping to be make an impact alongside Whitfield as the Seminoles attempt to retool their receiving corps for the next few years.
At Milton High, Jones caught 64 passes over two seasons for more than 930 yards. He had 10 receiving touchdowns and even intercepted a pass on defense. Game film of Jones shows he was more of a possession receiver in high school, but had the ability to make and extend plays with his feet. Under the lights, he's clearly a quicker and more athletic than his 40-yard time shows. His shuttle time appears to be a lot more accurate with respect to his playmaking ability.
One thing you'll notice in the video below is that Jones played special teams in high school, playing on both the kick return and kick coverage teams. Not only did he play on them, but he appeared to play pretty well. That experience may only help him get on the field faster once he arrives at FSU. Fisher often quips about how important he believes special teams play is for skill players hoping to make a name for themselves both in college and in the NFL.
Although Jones' tape shows that he probably ran more varied routes in high school than Whitfield, he'll still be pressed in college to get his routes crisper and tighter. Another thing FSU's coaches will be sure to impress is the fact that he'll have to extend broken plays by moving around, not standing still. That's just part of learning the college game.
Like Whitfield, Jones will be coming into arguably one of the deepest and best position groups on the team. Playing special teams and excelling at that unit right away could get him opportunities early. When it comes to offensive snaps, though, barring a series of injuries, he'll be down on the depth chart behind the group of veterans the Seminoles will trot out this fall.
Jesus Wilson, 5'10/170 ... Miami (Columbus)
Committed: June 15, 2012
Originally recruited by: James Coley
Stars: Three (per 247Sports.com's composite score)
Other offers: FIU, Louisville, Hawaii, Marshall
Analysis: FSU's list of receiver commits includes this shorter, shifty slot receiver. With Shaw, Dent and Haggins leaving after this season, the Seminoles are trying to re-stock their coffers with similar style pass-catchers. Although he played on the outside in high school, Whitfield likely would also play a slot position at FSU. So, too, would Wilson, one has to imagine.
Based on the combination of his smaller size, relatively low rankings and lack of offers from the top BCS programs, it could be easy to dismiss Wilson. But if there is a potential steal in this signing class for the Seminoles, he could be it. Judging from Wilson's game film, his athleticism, sound grasp of route-running and knack for being open at the right time are traits that could help him become a key contributor in FSU's offense for the next few seasons.
Establishing offensive rhythm is something Fisher and his quarterbacks and receivers talk often about. In a timing based offense, Wilson seems to have had that with his quarterback in high school. Constantly put in motion, or called upon to run a drag or curl or a dig, Wilson seemingly was always in the right spot right when his quarterback was ready to deliver a pass. In FSU's offense, timing is equally important, and calls upon receivers to get into open spaces at precise moments.
When it comes to route-running, Wilson may be the best pure route-runner the Seminoles will have had since Shaw. For a high school prospect, he has a knack for chopping his steps appropriately and cutting the routes off exactly where they need to be.
Like the others, he'll be down on the depth chart when he arrives, but there is no reason as to why Wilson and the others can't form a strong corps of primary slot receivers in the years moving forward, particularly with so many leaving after this season.