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May 30, 2014

Georgia four-star tight end is headed to FSU

Coffee County (Douglas, Ga.) tight end Jalen Wilkerson committed to Florida State on Friday, becoming the Seminoles' 12th commitment for 2015 when he made his pledge public on Twitter.

The four-star prospect visited Florida State twice this year. The first was for its junior day event and the second for the spring game. Each time he raved about his visit, saying "it's going to be very hard to beat out Florida State."

Wilkerson hinted throughout the spring that a decision could come soon. So it was no surprise he told the staff on Friday afternoon he was ready to be a Seminole. Along with junior college prospect Josh McNeil, he's the second tight end to commit to FSU in the class of 2015.

Shortly after his junior day visit concluded, Wilkerson told Warchant.com what he likes so much about FSU.

"I've always loved how they used their tight ends and I liked it even more when I got a chance to see how they use them even more in the film room," he said.

A factor that pushed FSU to the top this spring was the academics and support system. He also loved the coaches and player relationships.

"The people, coaches here separate themselves from a lot of schools. I love this place," he said. "I love how the coaches are with their players and the connection they have. They don't just want to make them better players, but better men."

Wilkerson is the teammate of FSU offensive line commitment Cole Minshew. He is the No. 12 rated tight end in the nation and No. 31 in the state.

Coffee County head coach Robbie Pruitt told Warchant.com in May that Wilkerson entered spring practice at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds. He's also expected to play some at defensive end this year for Coffee County.

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