Every week throughout the summer and into fall, the Tallahassee Democrat will profile local teams and athletes on things going on within a football program and the college football recruiting scene.
This is the third installment. Check out past weeks in the links below.
June 15, 2015 — One look at Wakulla rising senior Keith Gavin, and you see every bit of reason why Florida State and every other school around the country would love to add him to their programs.
At nearly 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Gavin’s body is already college ready. He committed to FSU in late July of last year and hasn’t wavered since.
Gavin is one of the few receivers FSU covets for its 2016 class along with Nate Craig-Myers, the No. 1 receiver prospect in the country out of Tampa Catholic, who decommitted from Auburn in May.
That fact alone has resonated with Gavin.
“I’m still committed, I’m still solid,” he said during FSU’s 7-on-7 tournament on Saturday. “100 percent, I’m still here. They’re still showing me love.”
Gavin has been starting on both sides of the ball since he was a freshman at Wakulla. Some schools see him as a safety, some as a wide receiver. There’s no doubt that his physical attributes land him somewhere.
“I just want to play,” Gavin said. “(FSU) told me they want me at receiver. It means a lot, because they’ve got a lot of great receivers already.”
Gavin plans to visit Georgia in two weeks and expects to camp at FSU in July. He talks to Seminoles coaches weekly, mainly receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey.
On the field for his final season, Gavin will look to solidify the idea that he’s a receiver by producing the way others have expected as he’s grown up. He has one final year to catch passes from 6-foot-5 LSU commit Feleipe Franks.
“I want to beat my last year’s stats, Gavin said. “I want to beat 18 touchdowns. Last year, I had like 1,300 yards. I want to beat that and really go for 2,000 yards. And I want a state ring.
“We’ve come together and grown up. My ninth grade year I think we should have won state, but this year is going to be the year.”
In the family
Godby rising sophomore Jaquez Dunmore, who only played junior varsity last year, was seen talking with FSU defensive coordinator Charles Kelly at the Seminoles’ 7-on-7 tournament last weekend.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound safety is cousins of current FSU safety Trey Marshall and former `Noles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.
“We’re expecting Jaquez to do big things for us this year,” Cougars assistant coach Cleon McFarlane said. “He’s a guy that has to grow up fast, and we hope his lineage helps him. From what we’ve seen it shouldn’t be a problem for him to be a major contributor. He’s very long and very physical. Those are two good attributes when you’re playing in the secondary.”
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