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FSU losing defensive end Jalen Wilkerson to NFL a year early

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With the college football season now officially behind us, the focus will continue to shift on who will be coming back in 2018. Florida State defensive end Jalen Wilkerson will not be playing on Saturdays next fall. He is now officially ready to try landing a job in the NFL.

Wilkerson announced his decision to turn pro with a bried message on Twitter, in which he tahked Florida State fans for the support during his time in Tallahassee.

Wilkerson’s decision to enter the NFL Draft this spring comes as a mild surprise, but given his size and potential, a good showing at the scouting combine or at a pro day and private workouts could give him enough of a boost to make the jump to the NFL worth it.

Wilkerson ended the 2017 season having recorded 19 tackles in 13 games, including six tackles for a loss. Wilkerson came to Floriuda State to play tight end for the Noles after being recruited as a four-star prospect at the position, but he made the conversion to defensive end to help pad some depth on the roster. It will be interesting to see if any NFL team contemplates trying him out at tight end leading up to the draft. Having that flexibility may come in handy at some point as Wilkerson looks to impress scouts moving forward.

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Waiting on NCAA, Florida State freshman TE is practicing

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He may not have been cleared by the NCAA to be eligible for the start of the 2015 season, yet, but Florida State freshman tight end Jalen Wilkerson is practicing with the defending ACC champs for when that day comes. That day could come very soon, if his presence at practice is any indication.

According to The Orlando Sentinel, Wilkerson has been out of practice for the past week and a half. An academic eligibility issue is in play because a course taken by Wilkerson in his freshman year has been red-flagged. He has retaken the course in question and is currently waiting for that to be cleared by the NCAA.

“We didn’t want to take the chance of him being a non qualifier,” Florid State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Nothing he did wrong or we did wrong.”

Wilkerson was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.