Thank God for all the blessings but I've just committed to the Noles #NoleNation pic.twitter.com/rUzu0X3JjX— JalenWilkerson (@88Dreamchaser) May 30, 2014
On Friday, Jalen Wilerson committed to the Florida State Seminoles.
Without a doubt, Florida State now has the recruiting momentum that many thought was lacking. Within the past two weeks, Florida State has added excellent talent at the wide receiver, defensive back, and tight end positions.
Wilkerson is someone who has picked up momentum himself, adding offers from Auburn and Alabama in February. At nearly 6'4" and 230 pounds, he was used mostly as a blocker, but it's clear he has the size and athleticism to make a difference as a pass-catcher at Florida State.
He caught 26 passes, 6 of those touchdowns, yielding about 300 yards. He's the type of tight end that can play both between the 20s and in the red zone; he has the skills to pass protect, but also catch key passes in the red zone.
Notably, he also played defensive end, which gives him some flexibility like Dan Hicks. While tight end appears to be his primary position, a future position switch is not out of the question depending on playing time and depth chart needs. But by playing defensive end, he also shows the kind of grit that you want out of a tight end. He can block the big nasties as a tight end, but also then release to catch a pass. Based on his skillset, however, I will not be surprised if he plays defensive end at some point for Florida State.
With a year to redshirt, we expect Wilkerson to hit the ground running in 2016. Welcome to Nole Nation, Jalen!
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