Keith Gavin Decommits from Florida State: What's Next for 4-Star WR, Seminoles?

Sanjay Kirpalani@@SanjayKirpalaniNational Recruiting AnalystAugust 27, 2015

Alabama is the main contender with 2016 4-star WR Keith Gavin after he decommitted from Florida State earlier this week.
Alabama is the main contender with 2016 4-star WR Keith Gavin after he decommitted from Florida State earlier this week.Credit: 247Sports

Florida State’s 2016 recruiting class took a major blow on Wednesday when 4-star receiver and longtime commit Keith Gavin announced he was reopening his recruitment.

His announcement came after being committed to the Seminoles for exactly 13 months. 

The 6’3”, 211-pounder, who rates as the No. 24 wide receiver and the No. 143 player overall in the 2016 class, originally picked the ‘Noles over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Miami, among others.

So which teams are schools to watch moving forward with Gavin, and how does this development affect Florida State and its pursuit of other receivers?

As detailed by Josh Newberg of Noles247, Alabama continued to aggressively recruit Gavin after his initial pledge.

Gavin has also been to Tuscaloosa multiple times in the offseason, and he’s developed a comfort level with Tide head coach Nick Saban, receivers coach Billy Napier and the rest of the Tide staff. 

“It just seems a lot like home,” Gavin told Chris Nee of Noles247. “All of the coaches are real cool. I keep in touch with a lot of players there. I keep in touch with Coach Napier a lot,” Gavin said. “It just feels like home, a lot.”

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Gavin admitted to Nee that the Tide were the only other program he was considering while he was committed to the ‘Noles.

Although he did make a visit to Georgia last month, Alabama appears to be the prime contender to FSU when Gavin makes a final decision.

Despite the loss of Gavin, the ‘Noles still have a grip on the No. 3 class in the 247Sports team rankings. However, their recruiting at the receiver position goes back to square one.

While it’s important to note that Fisher and his staff have recruited the position well in recent years, Gavin represented the lone commitment for Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher at that spot in the current cycle.

To make matters worse, the ‘Noles lost a commitment from 5-star tight end Isaac Nauta last month, and they appear to be slipping for 5-star receiver Nate Craig-Myers.

As Newberg detailed, a few receivers who could pop up on the radar of Fisher and his staff include a trio of 4-stars in Tre Nixon, Freddie Swain and Stephen Sullivan.

Additionally, they could land another key piece next week when 4-star tight end Nasier Upshur will choose between FSU and Michigan.

Newberg also noted that because of the wealth of young receiver talent already on hand, Fisher and his staff are only looking for top-flight options and would skip taking a player simply to fill an open spot.

Still, few programs have been able to recruit at the level of Fisher and the Seminoles in recent years. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be a total surprise to see the ‘Noles emerge for an elite receiver prospect later in the cycle.

Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand and all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.