Closer look: Receivers

In the coming weeks, the Osceola staff will take a look at each Florida State position group. Next up: Receivers.

2021 stats: Andrew Parchment (24 catches, 313 yards, two touchdowns), Ontaria Wilson (23 catches, 382 yards, five touchdowns), Keyshawn Helton (19 catches, 285 yards, two touchdowns), Malik McClain (16 catches, 190 yards, two touchdowns), Ja’Khi Douglas (14 catches, 255 yards, one touchdown), Darion Williamson (11 catches, 110 yards), Jordan Young (four catches, 38 yards, one touchdown), Kentron Poitier (four catches, 22 yards).

2022 projected receivers: Wilson, Helton, McClain, Douglas, Williamson, Young and Poitier. FSU also landed Mycah Pittman (Oregon) and Johnny Wilson (Arizona State) in the transfer portal.

Departures: Parchment played his sixth college season, at FSU in 2021, and will enter the NFL draft. Bryan Robinson has transferred and landed at Marshall.

State of the WR room: Improving — and that’s saying something considering the disappointment of not signing a prep receiver on Dec. 15 to landing two portal receivers by Christmas. Receiver was FSU’s weakest and least consistent offensive position in 2021. It’s hard to believe Parchment’s 24 catches were the most among any receiver in 2021, although his fourth-and-14 reception against Miami was as clutch a play as there was last fall. McClain had a remarkable high-point TD grab at Boston College and was praised for his blocking, although he did have expected freshman moments. Douglas has showcased his speed as a deep threat (catches of 59, 23 and 22 this fall), while Darion Williamson has looked good in practices. Veterans like Ontaria Wilson and Helton are complementary pieces but will be pushed by Johnny Wilson, Pittman, McClain and Williamson. Helton has been a quiet leader, helping the younger receivers learn the offense.

The new guys: FSU didn’t land a high school receiver in the early signing period but grabbed two college receivers who were considered among the top 200 prospects in the class of 2020. From a strength and conditioning standpoint, they are far ahead of where a true freshman might be, too. Johnny Wilson has battled hamstring injuries but is an intriguing target at 6-foot-7, a receiver who should present a wide catch radius as well as the ability to high point passes over considerably shorter defensive backs. Pittman also had injuries, a broken collarbone and arm fracture. While both seemed underutilized, they will have an opportunity to learn the offense this spring and have opportunities to play immediately at FSU.

Shopping in the transfer portal: Norvell and Co. went online and did their browsing before Christmas, landing two receivers. They may be done but will keep options open after the bowl games. 

Final thoughts: How we feel about FSU’s receivers on Dec. 15 vs. Dec. 25 is dramatically different. We need to accept that signing classes don’t really take shape until the full picture is visualized between with the addition of transfer portal signings. The loss of receiver commitment Devaughn Mortimer was a disappointment, but Norvell and the staff had already hosted Pittman for an official visit. And Pittman also helped bring his high school teammate, Johnny Wilson, to FSU. Norvell has played receiver and coached the position, and he made it a priority to evaluate and elevate the talent for 2022.

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