Florida State Football: Why Wide Receiver Is Key to Noles 2014 Recruiting Class

Perry KostidakisContributor IJanuary 22, 2014

Jul 3, 2013; Beaverton, OR, USA; Montae Nicholson (7) closes in on wide receiver Ermon Lane (11) during the Nike 7on7 elimination play at Nike World Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
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When it comes to recruiting classes, there usually isn't a single player who can "make or break" a team. There are once-in-a-lifetime talents that come through, players such as Johnny Manziel or Jameis Winston, but they still have a supporting class that can uplift them to greatness. 

Florida State has done a fantastic job of stockpiling talent, as evidenced by Jimbo Fisher's revival of FSU as a football program, the Seminoles presence in the NFL draft and, of course, the Coaches Trophy that now sits in Tallahassee.

Since Fisher's first year, Florida State has done its best to attack the recruiting trail with the same vigor that its team displays on the football field.

This year's class is more of the same.

Big names and increased depth at key positions define the 2014 Florida State recruiting class, but perhaps the biggest position group of all for FSU is that of wide receiver. 

The Seminoles are losing Kenny Shaw and Kelvin Benjamin to the NFL draft this year and will have to replace Rashad Greene and Nick O'Leary next year as well.

As great of a quarterback as Jameis Winston is, having playmakers to catch the ball helped in his development, and he'll be the first to tell you that. Winston more than likely will be gone after the 2014 season, and then it'll be the responsibility of the 2014 class of receivers, along with those from '13 and '12, to help the new face of Florida State ease into the college football world. 

Travis Rudolph, C.J. Worton and Jojo Robinson are the current commits for FSU at this position, though Robinson has been pegged as a potential flip to Miami. All three have the skill needed to become playmakers in Tallahassee should they stick to their commitment, and this will be key in the long term. 

Things can only get better if FSU can secure a commitment from Ermon Lane, the former Florida commit who has been flirting with the Seminoles for quite some time now. Lane is a game-changer who has the potential to be an instant star when he arrives on campus.

The same goes for Malachi Dupre, if the New Orleans native takes the leap to come play for the Seminoles. 

There is talent abundant in FSU's 2014 recruiting class, from quarterback J.J. Cosentino to linebacker Kain Daub all the way back to running back Dalvin Cook. Overall, though, the wide receivers are the biggest key to this year's group of prospects.