Despite being a position of need, Florida State didn't sign a single receiver on the first National Signing Day
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FSU still faces major need at wide receiver after early Signing Day

When the dust settled on Wednesday night, after one of the most bizarre National Signing Days in history, Florida State found itself ranked 12th in the recruiting rankings for the Class of 2022.

Coming off a 5-7 season, that's a pretty impressive performance -- despite losing the No. 1 player in the country in a historic flip.

But even with the relatively successful day, especially compared to your in-state rivals, there was one position that was still severely lacking. One that didn't get any better at all on Wednesday.

Because nobody at that position signed with the Seminoles.

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Ron Dugans said FSU will explore all options to make sure they get some receivers for 2022.
Ron Dugans said FSU will explore all options to make sure they get some receivers for 2022. (Gene Williams/Warchant)

Yes, wide receiver still remains a gaping hole in the Florida State program as the calendar closes in on 2022.

"There's still some areas out on the perimeter offensively (that need to be addressed)," FSU head coach Mike Norvell said on Wednesday. "Receiver -- we knew that today would be some opportunities to be able to explore other options. And we're going to continue to recruit guys that maybe did not have their mind set to sign today, but could be here later on this week or could be later as we lead up to the spring semester or even the second Signing Day.

"So, I'm excited about where we are with a lot of those prospects, and we're going to continue to evaluate."

Travis Hunter, of course, was expected to bolster the position in 2022 -- he was almost certainly going to play both ways for the Seminoles -- but he chose Jackson State.

The Seminoles then lost four-star commitment Devaughn Mortimer to Louisville in another Signing Day flip, but this one was much less surprising.

Four-star St. Louis high school prospect Kevin Coleman, who had been projected to choose FSU for weeks, still hasn't signed with anyone as of yet.

So, a class that could have had three wideout signees currently has zero. And while FSU is expected to return six or more receivers with playing experience next season, the position has lacked in top-end talent and playmaking ability.

Receivers coach Ron Dugans was asked Wednesday if that gave him any anxiety or if he was just focused on recruiting the players -- high school prospects and transfers -- who are still available.

"That's what you've got to do," Dugans said. "Focus on the next day and not worry about the ones you didn't get. Just focus on the ones that you do get."

And there is at least a chance, probably a small one but still a chance, that FSU actually did get itself a receiver in the early signing class.

Four-star defensive back Azareyeh Thomas played wide receiver in high school, and played it very well.

So much so that Norvell didn't rule out the possibility that he might get a look on the other side of the ball at some point in his FSU career.

"I truly believe we're going to have to find ways to get the ball in his hands," Norvell said. "He's going to start on the defensive side of the ball. I think he's got the skillset and athleticism to be able to start at corner, but also be able to move around with his versatility.

"He's a guy that was one of the best players in the panhandle ... and one of the best players in the country."

No matter what happens with Thomas, though, it's imperative FSU sign receivers in this class. Norvell and Dugans both said they would explore all options -- high school, JUCO and the transfer portal -- to make sure that gets done.


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