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Looking at the wide receiver board after Malik McClain’s decommitment

On Monday, news broke that Florida State commitment Malik McClain had decided to open up his recruitment. With early signing day approaching, we look at where the Seminoles can go from here as they look to reload at the receiver position.

Malik McClain’s Monday announcement to decommit from Florida State came as a surprise to many. As of last week he was expected to sign early with the Seminoles and wrap up his recruitment, but that now not the case as it seems he is leaning towards Ole Miss. 

Coming into this cycle the Seminoles were looking to add three receivers in the 2021 class. With Joshua Burrell committed, the Seminoles are back to the drawing board as they look to fill slots in this class. With the early signing day approaching and visits still prohibited, that task is going to be battle. 

Despite the decommitment, there are still several recruits the Seminoles have been in on, and others they have been in contact with. Also, it’s been discussed a ton lately that Coach Norvell and his staff will attack the transfer portal very hard this offseason. With 20 plus players entering the portal daily, those options will look much different than they do right now.

The current targets in the transfer portal seem to be two guys: Drew Estrada and Samori Toure. Estrada is down to FSU, TCU and Baylor, and he will be looking to make a decision soon. Can FSU fight off the two Texas programs for the Texas native Estrada?

Former Montana receiver Samori Toure was a dominant player at Montana and should have a host of schools coming after him. After some initial contact with FSU, there hasn’t been much on the news front with Toure. 

Landing a few transfers is important to the success of the 2021 season, so the portal has to be a focus. Additionally, FSU is recruiting a handful of high school players as we head into the final seven weeks or so of the 2021 recruiting cycle. Here’s who is on the board right now.

  1. Destyn Hill – The long time #1 target on the board for FSU. It seems as though Hill has been on commitment watch since his first visit earlier this year. While FSU remains the odds on favorite for this Louisiana stand out, the 2020 season for the Noles has led to some hesitation on pulling the trigger. Florida and Alabama have been in contact, but things still look good for FSU at this point.
  2. Keon Coleman – One of the most underrated players in the nation, Coleman is the dynamite outside, big-play threat this team needs. After re-opening his recruitment and decommitting from Kansas, the two-sport start is taking things very slowly. FSU never stopped contacting Coleman, which is something Keon appreciates. This one is going to February and is going to be a battle. Right now there are no hints on how this one will go.
  3. JJ Henry – The Texas native has a good relationship with FSU’s coaches and that is why they’ve remained a contender. Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Texas and Baylor are all after Henry. The three sport standout has never been to Tallahassee, and that is something to consider as COVID-19 seems to be keeping recruits close to home all over the nation.
  4. Calvin Johnson II – Johnson is another Mississippi target for the Noles. The current Navy commitment is a prime example of how COVID has had a negative impact on exposure for recruits all over the country. Calvin is electric with the ball in his hands. He is currently a dual-threat QB that projects as a wide receiver in college. Northwestern, Mississippi State, Iowa, Penn State, Ole Miss and Virginia joined FSU as programs to offer recently. This season Johnson has 894 yards passing, 1,319 yards rushing and 22 total touchdowns. Mississippi State is the current favorite. 
  5. Chauncey Magwood – The Leesburg, GA target is currently committed to Kentucky. Magwood visited FSU earlier in the year before committing to the Wildcats. FSU has started to pick up its communication with Magwood, and it is something to watch moving forward.
  6. JoJo Blackmon – The Escambia playmaker is 5’10”, 175 pounds. While he plays outside in high school, Blackmon will be a slot receiver in college. JoJo can stretch the field as good as any player in Florida, and his versatility is something that FSU needs. 
  7. Jimmy Horn Jr. – Horn popped up onto the scene recently, and like Johnson, would be recruited more without the pandemic. After missing most of his junior season with a wrist injury, the Sanford, FL playmaker’s senior film shows elite explosiveness (shown by his 44’4” triple jump) to go with home run ability. In 9 games this season he has 829 yards of offense and 11 touchdowns. No offer has been extended yet.
  8. Seydou Traore – This 6’4”, 210 pound athlete is originally from London, England and is playing his senior season at Clearwater Academy International. The December grad is hearing a lot from smaller schools, FSU has been in constant contact.

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