In what could be termed a surprise, Saluda (S.C.) four-star defensive tackle Dexter Wideman committed to Florida State on Monday evening.
“I just want everyone to know that I verbally committed to Florida State,” Wideman tweeted on Monday evening.
The commitment occurred earlier this evening during a phone conversation between Wideman and his primary recruiter at Florida State.
"This just happened less than an hour ago," Wideman said. "I was at home in Saluda and I was on the phone with (running backs) Coach Jay Graham. He was excited when I told him."
While the general public may be surprised, Wideman explains that Florida State has been in a good spot for a while due to the efforts of Graham.
"Coach Graham did a great job recruiting me," Wideman said. "I know I am going to go there and work hard. They told me I can touch the field a lot as a freshman."
Florida State won out for his services over Florida and South Carolina, among others. For many months, South Carolina was considered the favorite to keep home the Palmetto State talent.
"FSU has been on top for me for a while though," Wideman said. "It was FSU, South Carolina, and then Florida."
Ole Miss was also still making an effort to recruit Wideman down the stretch.
Wideman unofficially visited Florida State last Wednesday. He toured the facilities and met at length with the coaching staff. It marked his first time on campus at Florida State. He was impressed by the atmosphere surrounding the campus as well as the freshman dorms.
"I loved my trip up there last week. I like the campus and all of the coaches up there," Wideman said. "It is a nice place to be. I feel like FSU is the place for me.
"It is a great school with a great program," Wideman added. "I feel they are on the way to doing great things."
Wideman shared some of what he heard from the defensive staff during the visit.
"Coaches like my size and the way I play," Wideman said. "They think I can play as a freshman. They want me as a pass-rusher. They think I can play defensive end on first and second down and defensive tackle on third downs."
Academically, Wideman has progressed in a positive manner in the classroom over the summer. He committed to focus on academics and his senior season on the field.
The 6-foot-4, 256-pound defensive tackle is Florida State’s third commitment at the position, joining Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee’s Demarcus Christian and Miami (Fla.) Miami Central’s Fredrick Jones.
247Sports.com ranks Wideman as the No. 149 overall prospect in the nation. He is considered the No. 13 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 5 prospect from South Carolina.