Tribe 18 has it’s fair share of talent ranked 11 in the nation according to 247sports and number 10 in the nation on Rivals. Coach Willie Taggart has done a good job of reviving a recruiting class that was once left in shambles by previous head coach Jimbo Fisher. Below is evaluations of a few prospects at the wide receiver position.
Evaluation: Thompson is a dominant force and will cause nightmare problems at the next level. Standing at about 6’4, 190 he brings a tremendous physical presence to the offense, he was a bully at the high school level. Thompson can line up on the outside or in the slot. He is a very good route runner for a player of his size and does a great job at high pointing the ball, he will go up and get it no matter who is around or where he is on the field. 50/50 balls almost automatically turn into 75/25 balls when throwing one to Thompson. He is faster than your typical big, physical receiver he possess the speed to take short routes like hitches and digs the distance. Thompson is one of my favorite members of Tribe ’18 and I’m really looking forward to watching this kid develop.
Comparison: Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints. Both are big physical receivers with enough speed to break away.
Evaluation: Adams is a product out of Mainland in Daytona keeping the pipeline going. He is a very speedy receiver capable of breaking loose anywhere on the field, he has the ability to turn any route into a touchdown. Adams was clocked at 4.37 at Jimbo Fisher’s camp over the summer, where he later committed. He has stuck with FSU throughout his whole recruitment. The speedy receiver is very capable of seeing the field in the slot this upcoming season, in an offense which will utilize a lot of different receivers. Adams could very well get some reps at kick return too.
Comparison: Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars. Similar in stature both players are liable to take it the distance from anywhere. Like Westbrook, Adams does a good job of high pointing the ball.
Evaluation: Young is a kid who’s recruitment didn’t blossom until late into his senior year. He was a Tennessee commit who flipped to FSU after visiting a week prior. His highlight tape is called “Welcome to the Abusement Park” and that’s exactly what he does, abuses defensive backs. He’s arguably the most polished receiver in the class, but he also brings a physical presence. He is 6’2, 185lbs and has reportedly been clocked at 4.4 speed in the 40 yard dash, he brings great size and speed to the ‘Noles. Young is a player that will see the field very early in his career.
Comparison: Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders. Young is very smooth after the catch and makes his receptions look almost effortless, his game is very reminiscent of the former Alabama star.
Evaluation: Harrison was coach Taggart’s number one athlete on his board and his highlight tape shows you why. Harrison has potential to take it the distance whenever he touches the ball. He has excellent top end speed and his acceleration is uncanny, reaching his top speed almost right when he touches the ball! While he is still very raw, Harrison has Biletnikoff potential.
Comparison: Sammy Watkins, LA Rams. Both Watkins and Harrison have similar frames and similar styles of play, a home run threat from wherever, whenever.
Evaluation: Another late bloomer, Helton got an offer from his dream school just a week before national signing day. Helton wasn’t highly rated but his film is just as impressive as anyone’s. On tape he consistently dogs whoever lines up in front of him, which includes 5 star DB Tyreke Johnson. Helton is a speed demon, with a certain grittiness that is rare for players his size at 5’9, 160lbs. He will likely take a redshirt this year to put on a little extra weight.
Comparison: Nyqwan Murray, FSU. Both have are a rare fearlessness for players their size and both were very underrated as prospects, Helton is a lot like the current FSU star.