Dexter Wideman Commits to Florida State: Seminoles Land out-of-State 4-Star DT

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJuly 23, 2013

Credit: 247Sports
Credit: 247Sports

Florida State continues to add depth along the defensive line at what seems to be an unfair pace. The latest commitment of the 2014 recruiting class comes from defensive tackle Dexter Wideman.

The 4-star recruit let the world know his decision late Monday night, via his Twitter account (h/t Corey Dowlar of ESPN):

This commitment comes as a slight surprise, but nobody in Tallahassee is complaining. It was led to believe that South Carolina was the favorite for his services, with the Gamecocks being the home school. Wideman is from the Saluda, S.C., area.

However, Wideman took a lengthy visit to Florida State on July 17 and checked out everything from the facilities to the coaching staff. He then told Chris Nee of 247Sports that the Seminoles were the team to beat for quite some time.

"FSU has been on top for me for a while though," Wideman said. "It was FSU, South Carolina, and then Florida."

Along with those three programs, Wideman also had offers from Michigan, LSU and Clemson.

Florida State continues to recruit extremely well defensively, particularly on the defensive line. Already with a young front led by Mario Edwards, Chris Casher and Eddie Goldman, the Seminoles now have four defensive linemen committed to the 2014 class. The other linemen who have committed early are 4-star Demarcus Christmas, 3-star Blake McClain and unranked Fredrick Jones.

Wideman has a wide frame at 6'4", 255 pounds and will have little problem being a run-stuffer in the middle of the defense.

He gets off the ball well for his size, and he can be an effective pass-rusher as he continues to improve his hand usage. He has a strong motor and should fit well in what the Seminoles are trying to do defensively.

Wideman is the 149th best player in this class and the 13th best defensive tackle, according to 247Sports. His commitment now gives the Seminoles 22 recruits from the 2014 recruiting class.