July 14, 2024

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Florida State Seminoles fans do the chop before a college football game against the Florida Gators on Nov 25, 2022 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, FL. (Photo by Chris Leduc/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The top-100 recruit is planning to leave the 850 for Gainesville.

Florida State’s defensive end board is thinning out to begin July with Tallahassee’s top recruit shutting down his recruitment to play for one of the Seminoles’ biggest rivals.

On Monday, four-star defensive end Jalen Wiggins announced he was locking in with the Florida Gators after exploring his options over the past few months. Instead of suiting up for his hometown, he plans to wear orange and blue at the college level.

“I want to thank the Lord for every opportunity and blessing bestowed upon me within this entire recruiting process as well as all those who have recruited me,” Wiggins wrote on social media. “I will be shutting down my recruitment!”Florida State players and coaches are still hurting as they refocus on  trying to stay unbeaten | AP News

The Seminoles made a big push for Wiggins dating back to the spring. They got him on campus in March for the Legacy recruiting event where he was able to speak with arguably the biggest name to ever come out of the 850, legendary linebacker Ernie Sims. Now a member of FSU’s coaching staff, Sims was able to provide Wiggins with a perspective that not many others would understand.

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