FSU football is riding a massive wave of recruiting momentum, and one way to measure that is the reaction of fans when a de-commitment happens.
Three-star wide receiver Quincey McAdoo de-committed from the Noles Tuesday afternoon, and it was like nothing happened.
There was no fan revolt, no fire Norvell, or any negative reaction. Maybe because it was somewhat surprising when he committed in January or the writing was already on the wall when he didn’t show up to the FSU spring game?
It may have been because his recruiting stock dropped significantly since he committed. At the time, McAdoo was a four-star, No. 218 player nationally, No. 28 wide receiver, and No. 1 player in Arkansas.
Now McAdoo is the No. 409 player nationally, No. 56 wide receiver, and No. 4 player in Arkansas. FSU was one of the first major schools to offer McAdoo, and Arkansas(the school he’s trending to) offered before he committed to FSU.
FSU football coaches have been in hot pursuit of two wide receivers ranked much higher. Five-star Kevin Coleman and four-star Penn State commit Kaden Saunders. Coleman is the No. 17 player nationally, No. 2 wide receiver, and Saunders is the No. 116 player nationally and No. 15 wide receiver.
The Noles added three-star Devaughn Mortimer from south Florida after McAdoo committed as well. I liked McAdoo as a prospect, but it seems like this was a case of FSU having spots in the class early, and they decided to accept his commitment at the time.
However, if they miss on the two top targets, they could get a player from in-state that’s just as talented or more talented than McAdoo.
FSU football coaches are emphasizing winning recruiting battles in Florida and Georgia. The addition of Ryan Bartow and the recent addition of Randy Shannon will help in-state recruiting as well. So the de-commitment of McAdoo sounds like a solid mutual decision. He’ll get to stay close to home and likely find playing time at Arkansas, and FSU will fill that spot with someone more talented or someone from where they need to win recruiting battles.