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Two 4-Star Recruits Decommitting from Florida State a Major Cause for Concern

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIOctober 4, 2016

The Florida State Seminoles have suffered a major recruiting loss with the news that both 4-star wide receiver Tony Stevens and 4-star tight end Christian Morgan have decommitted.

Morgan announced his decision to decommit from Florida State via his Twitter account:

After a lot of prayer and thought with my family and friends, I've decided to de-commit from Florida State.

— Christian Morgan (@C_Morgan2013) October 4, 2012

Corey Dowlar of ESPN.com reports Stevens's decision:

The 6-foot-4, 184-pound prospect had been committed to the Seminoles since February 25 before making an announcement on his personal Twitter account.

"I'm decommitting from Florida State," he said.

This is a big time loss for Jimbo Fisher and his staff, and it's going to hurt his 2013 class. Losing a commitment is always tough, especially if they're a 4 or 5-star recruit, but losing two within hours of each other?

This has to be a major cause for concern.

Mind you, it's not as if this was a joint effort in any way. These are two completely different recruits from two different states that both decided Florida State wasn't the right place for them.

David Just of SportsDay HS speculates that Ole Miss could land Morgan—citing his sister being recruited by their volleyball program—and Jake Rowe of UGASports.com quotes Stevens talking about how he's always liked Georgia because of A.J. Green. According to Rowe, Stevens also said that he wants to keep his options open.

The thought processes are different, but in the end the result is the same—Florida State is not the right place.

What does this say about the program or their recruiting process? Should it be an indictment or is this just a coincidence? These are questions that remain unanswered, but there is certainly enough reason to ask if you're a Seminoles fan.

Either way, and for whatever reason, this is bad news for the Seminoles.

Without Morgan, Fisher is now void of a tight end for his 2013 class. A powerhouse like Florida State should be able to attract another recruit at the position, but at this point of the process they may have to settle.

Rivals.com has Beau Sandland as the only other non-committed 4-star tight end out there, but he doesn't even have FSU listed as an interest.

The loss of Jones is going to hurt because without him, the Seminoles are down to just two wide receivers on the 2013 class, and only one of them is a 4-star in Isaiah Jones. The other is 3-star wideout Levonte Whitfield.

Losing players is one thing, but losing talented, highly ranked players is a whole different ball game, and it really hurts in recruiting.

In a matter of hours their 2013 recruiting class just got a whole lot weaker, as they lost two very talented players.

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