Florida State Football: Why Noles Signed Best Group of WRs in Class of 2014

Perry KostidakisContributor IFebruary 5, 2014

Feb 5, 2014; Homestead, FL, USA; Homestead senior  high school wide receiver Ermon Lane signs with Florida State Seminoles at Homestead Senior High School. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Signing day is usually a successful day for Jimbo Fisher, and Wednesday was no different. A consensus top-five group was Fisher's once more according to 247 Sports, and it was loaded with talent, and much to Fisher's pleasure, big boys. 

“The thing in this class that stands out to me is the size, a lot of size, and length also,” Fisher said. “Not just massive as far as weight wise, but a lot of length, 6'6", 6'7", 6'5" guys that cover a lot of space. I'm a size guy. I think it matters.”

Where Florida State won the most, however, was wide receivers. The Seminoles lost big-time playmakers in Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw to the NFL and will lose Rashad Greene after this year. What good is a Heisman-winning quarterback if he doesn't have anybody to throw it to?

Luckily, FSU built for the future Saturday by adding three top players in 5-star Travis Rudolph and 4-stars Ermon Lane and Javon Harrison. Though they missed out on 5-star Malachi Dupre, the Seminoles got what they asked for and more. 

“Getting those three guys, like I said, that was one of our areas of need and for the future," Fisher said. "That was very critically for fulfilling that need. Those guys are big-time players. They know we're going to throw that football. So it was good to get them here.”

Though Florida State was expected to get Rudolph and Lane, some rumours had floated around about the possibility of Rudolph flipping, though, he did his best to squash any whispers. Lane was almost an FSU lock after he decommitted from Florida, with Miami being his only other plausible destination. 

Both are dominant in their own way. Rudolph is the kind of player who can make an instant impact and should very well do so. The odds of him playing on Saturdays in 2014 are very high, and with a quarterback who can get him the ball, he'll have a chance to make plays in Doak Campbell. 

Lane, on the other hand, might need a little time to get acclimated, but that by no means should diminish his talent. He's speedy, big (6'3", 185 lbs.) and can make a play when you need it. If all goes well, he could be slotted to be Benjamin's replacement. Like Rudolph, Lane should get some playing time in the fall.

Harrison was more of a welcome surprise than the other two, flipping from Virginia Tech on Wednesday to instead attend school in Tallahassee, FSU announced via Twitter.

Though he's coming in as an athlete who could very well play cornerback, he has the intention of becoming a wide receiver, and Florida State is very much on board with it. At 6'2", 195 pounds, he already is a pretty good size for a wideout, but after a summer of workouts and bulking up, he could shape up to be a constant offensive threat. 

"When you get three of them and be able to spread the field, inside [and] outside," Fisher said. "These guys are all big bodied guys. Big bodied guys that are outside guys and have capability to and body quickness to go inside, which is very rare."


All recruiting rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports.