New Florida State wide receiver coach Ron Dugans brings a fairly lengthy recruiting acumen with him to Tallahassee.
Dugans comes to FSU — where he played as a receiver in the late 1990s — after a three-year stint with the Miami Hurricanes. He’s also had experience coaching receivers at Georgia Southern, Louisville and USF. During his time at these stops, Dugans has developed ties in areas that happen to be in FSU’s recruiting footprint: South Florida, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.
A look at map highlighting Dugans’ all-time commitments below (a full link of recruits Dugans was a primary recruiter for can be found here) reveals a few trends.
(Hit the arrow icon at the top left of the screen to reveal the layer that shows specific recruits based on school. Miami is green, Louisville is red, and USF is yellow).
First, Dugans does a good job recruiting his position. During his Miami tenure, Dugans secured pledges from 10 four-star wide receivers. A majority of those recruits — including West Palm Beach product Ahmmon Richards — came from South Florida.
Second, Dugans also has connections to Florida’s Panhandle, as well as areas of Jacksonville and southeast Georgia.
This versatility as a recruiter should help FSU figure out where to place Dugans on the recruiting trail as it solidifies the rest of its staff.
Here’s a list of Dugans’ commitments that were/are ranked in the Top 100 nationally from his time at Miami:
–WR Jeff Thomas, East St. Louis (East Saint Louis, IL), No. 40 overall in 2017.
–WR Mark Pope, Miami Southridge (Miami, FL), No. 67 overall in 2018.
–WR Bryan Robinson, Palm Beach Central (West Palm Beach, FL), No. 81 overall in 2020.
–WR Sam Bruce, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL), No. 84 overall in 2016.