Jake McCrary Decommits from Florida State: How Seminoles Can Get 4-Star WR Back

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 16, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Jacob McCrary, a 2014 4-star wide receiver, has decided to back off on his early commitment to the Florida State Seminoles.

While there's no reason to panic if you're FSU since he's only a junior, it's never a good look for a recruiting staff when they lose a commitment.

Being that there's so much time left in his recruitment though, Florida State should still consider McCrary a viable option, especially since they are still an option for him, according to Corey Dowlar of ESPN.com:

McCrary has not shut the door on Florida State, though. He says he will continue to continue considering the Seminoles as his recruitment progresses, but wanted to take a step back and reevaluate the situation.

How do the Seminoles get the 4-star receiver back into the fold?

Frankly, it's going to be easier said than done for Jimbo Fisher and his staff. Dowlar is reporting that McCrary has offers from big programs like Boise State, Clemson, LSU and Ohio State amongst others, and 247Sports has Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Florida and Clemson as the other schools in his top five, which includes FSU.

The Seminoles have a ton of competition for the 4-star junior wideout, but they do have a few recruiting advantages.

First, they are one of the two home-state teams on McCrary's list, so that should give them a proximity advantage if the wideout wants to stay near home. The Florida Gators in Gainsville are much closer than Tallahassee though, so the Seminoles can't bank on just being close.

The second point the Seminoles will want to bring up with McCrary is that even though FSU has 13 receivers on their roster right now, six of them will have moved on by the 2014 season, three will be in their final years of eligibility and all of them will be upperclassmen.

With just three wide receivers committed to their 2013 class so far, the depth chart is setting up nicely for talented 2014 receivers, and that's not even taking into factor the talent of players on the depth chart, possible decommitments or transfers, and injury.

FSU's 2014 class does have two other receivers committed for 2014 so far, but McCrary could have the chance to compete to be their main receiver recruit for the class because of his talent. He's 6'0'', 175 pounds and runs a quick 4.50 40 according to 247Sports, and he's the No. 9 receiver according to their 2014 rankings.

Finally, as if that's all not enough, Florida State can pitch McCrary on their potential to win big, not only in the ACC, but on the national scale. Fisher has done a great job of building his program, and they are easily the powerhouse of the ACC. FSU can provide McCrary with the chance to win a lot of games, especially in the ACC, and if they keep recruiting well, the sky will be the limit for the Seminoles.

They have a great pitch to get the 4-star wide receiver back in the fold, so the Seminoles should in no way give up on recruiting Jacob McCray.

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