The tight end position has become a priority for the Florida State Seminoles under head coach Jimbo Fisher.
The Seminoles will return one of the best tight ends in the country in 2014 in senior Nick O’Leary, who made 33 receptions for 557 yards and seven touchdowns last season. They will also return former Penn State Nittany Lions transfer Kevin Haplea, who missed the 2013 season with a torn ACL. However, behind them there isn’t a proven player.
The Seminoles signeed two massive tight ends in February, the 6’6, 220-pound Mavin Saunders from The Kinkaid School (Houston, TX), a 4-star prospect and 6’6, 220-pound Ryan Izzo of Pope John XXIII (Sparta, NJ), a 3-star prospect.
On Friday, Fisher continued to add tight ends to his roster, picking up a commitment from 3-star prospect Jalen Wilkerson.
Wilkerson is the second tight end commitment for the Seminoles, joining Copiah-Lincoln C.C. (Wesson, MS) Josh McNeil.
The 6’4, 227-pound Wilkerson is from Douglas, Georgia and attends Coffee High School. He was offered by the Seminoles in mid-February and attended their junior just over a week later. He then took another visit to Tallahassee in April so his commitment seemed more like a matter of when rather than if.
Wilkerson is ranked as the country’s 16th-best tight end prospect, the 43rd-best overall prospect in the state of Georgia and the 446th-best overall prospect in the state of Florida, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Wilkerson is a very sought-after prospect, holding offers from the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Michigan Wolverines and LSU Tigers, among others.