Crosstown TE on the Radar

It's no secret that Florida State recruiters are in the market for some quality help at tight end this season. With three seniors set to graduate, the Seminoles have been combing the country to fill the need. They found out last week that they have a pretty good option in their own backyard.

North Florida Christian product Ricky Yates attended the first session of the Bobby Bowden football camp last week and impressed several coaches and fellow campers, especially on the track.

Yates (6-4, 215) turned in a 4.53 time in the 40, not bad for guy with his stature.

"I'm very fortunate to be able to have something like this very close by," Yates said. "It helps me to be able to get my name out there and show what I can do."

With the graduation of Donnie Carter, Matt Root and Matt Henshaw looming after the season, FSU is in the market for 3-4 quality tight ends.

Yates - a talented forward on the basketball team - wasn't utilized much as a pass catcher as a junior but that may change now that new NFC coach Pete Walker is on board.

"He's a great guy. We all getting along great with him," Yates said. "Coach Walker is a real hands-on guy - he gets in there and lifts with us all the time."

Yates said that he and his teammates have been at school lifting five mornings a week. In addition, he has been training at Titus Sports Academy with Marcus Sims, Carlton Salters and Ochuko Jenije, all of which have Division I offers.

Prior to starting his routine at Titus, Yates would clock 40 times in the 5.2 range.

"Those guys really know they are doing," he said. "It works. They've helped me out a lot."

Yates stuck around FSU for an extra day last week while Salters and Sims tripped to the Georgia camp in Athens. He met up with them over the weekend at Auburn's camp.


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