The Florida State Seminoles added their 10th verbal commitment of the 2014 recruiting class on Monday when receiver Markell Pack announced on twitter he was a ‘Nole. Pack (Purvis, MS) is the third receiver in the ‘Noles class of ’14, joining JoJo Robinson (Miami, FL) and C.J. Worton (Homestead, FL).
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound receiver could potentially play as a true frosh next fall. After the upcoming 2013 season, FSU will be losing four senior receivers, all of whom are expected to have big roles in the Seminole offense.
Pack certainly has the physical skills to contribute early. He’s got good speed as a deep threat (unofficial 40-time of 4.46 seconds), and isn’t afraid to go over the middle. He’s got good leaping ability and does a good job of controlling his body in the air.
However, the opportunity to play early wasn’t the reason he chose FSU. That can be attributed to Florida State tight ends coach Tim Brewster, who has been recruiting Pack since early 2012, when Brewster was still an assistant coach with the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
No one can deny the impact good relationships have in recruiting and that’s the case here, although I’m sure the opportunity to play with quarterback Jameis Winston played a role as well.
This is a big snag for the Seminoles for reasons other than the obvious (they’re picking up a good prospect at a position of need). Pack is a Mississippi boy, and the ‘Noles have had trouble building a pipeline into the perennially talent-rich state. It’s common knowledge in the Magnolia State, all the top prospects either go to Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Alabama, or another SEC school at worst. But rarely do they venture outside of the SEC.
Could this mean more Magnolia recruits heading to Tallahassee? We’ll just have to wait and see. But for the time being, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher has to be pretty happy with Pack.
Next on the docket? Getting Pack on campus (he still hasn’t ever even seen the campus or the facilities), which should happen soon.