July 19, 2024

Florida State beats out Georgia, LSU for four-star wide receiver CJ Wiley

Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton four-star wide receiver CJ Wiley committed to Florida State over Georgia and LSU on Tuesday during a ceremony at his school. His commitment comes just over 48 hours after he departed his official visit to FSU. When he left Tallahassee, he planned to sit down with his parents and determine the ‘best fit’ and a place that ‘check[ed] all the boxes’.

Apparently that place is FSU for the 6-foot-4, 195-pound wide receiver, as he chose the Seminoles over the in-state Bulldogs, who were the trendy pick over the last month-plus of his recruitment, and the Tigers, where his father’s was an All-SEC defensive end from 1994 to 1997 and his mother also attended.

“With all that being said, I’ll be going to the University of Florida State,” Wiley said while picking up a Florida State hat off the table. “Go ‘Noles.”

The room appeared stunned and waiting for a switch in the final moment, as cheers didn’t come until after he began chopping while wearing the hat.

He then was asked why FSU was the choice by the moderator.

“They’ve recruited me since I was a freshman,” Wiley said. “We’ve really built the trust in the process. I believe I can achieve my goals over there.”

Needless to say, this is a major win for Mike Norvell and company. All of the predictions on the 247Sports.com Crystal Ball were for Georgia. He had also considered the likes of Alabama, Auburn , USC, and more in the process.

As a junior, he had 68 receptions for 1,473 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. He averaged 21.7 yards per catch. He is a long, lanky pass catcher with an excellent catch radius and good long speed. FSU values him as someone they can move around the field and use in a variety of ways.

“They told me I’d be playing outside and inside, so they compare me like to Keon [Coleman] and Johnny [Wilson]. Sometimes they played inside and outside, so yeah, like move around,” Wiley said this weekend.

“Plays a big role because you would just want to play more than one like spot on the field. It just proves you are more valuable,” he added.

FSU worked hard to land Wiley. He stepped on campus last October for a game. That is where the two parties became heavily involved with one another. They had him in for a Junior Day in January of this year and back for an unofficial visit on April 2nd. They wrapped it up with an official visit within the last week.

He is the first wide receiver commitment for the Seminoles in the 2025 class. He becomes the sixth commitment in FSU’s class and third on the offensive side of the ball, joining Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin quarterback Tramell Jones Jr. and Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines offensive lineman Solomon Thomas. Wiley is ranked by the 247Sports.com Composite Recruiting Rankings as the No. 136 overall prospect and No. 15 wide receiver in the 2025 class. He is considered the No. 19 prospect in the Peach State for his class.

247Sports.com is slightly lower on him, as they rank him at No. 223 overall, No. 25 at his position, and as the No. 32 wide receiver in the nation.

Below is the 247Sports.com Scouting Report for Wiley, via 247Sports Scouting Analyst Gabe Brooks: Big-framed outside receiving target with excellent physical tools, multi-sport context, and football pedigree. Legitimately 6-4+ with large catch radius. Capable of becoming a dangerous red-zone threat. Basketball player who could dunk in junior high. Ran multiple sub-11.00-second 100-meter times as a junior. Also competed in baseball prior to high school. Has shown a more expanded route tree than many receivers at the same stage. Displays consistent ball-tracking acumen on vertical shots. Willing to work the middle of the field. Shows impressive run-after-catch ability. Could be just scratching the surface on unlocking high-end explosiveness in pads. Immense production as a junior. Father earned All-SEC D-line honors at LSU and played in the NFL. Projects as a high-major receiver with physical tools to play either if needed. Combination of traits, multi-sport context, and on-field evidence suggest future NFL Draft candidacy.