Tate saw what he wanted to see

There is little doubt that the Florida offense will look a lot different in 2014 and it starts with the ball in the air a bit more. The Gators are going from a straight pro-set to a pro-spread formation style and the plan is to air it out trying to get receivers in space. For a big receiver like Tampa Wharton's Auden Tate, it was a good sight. He talked about Florida after the Orange & Blue Debut.

At 6-foot-5 and 206 pounds, Auden Tate is being recruited as both a receiver and tight end for the collegiate level. Tate is a play maker and has the interest of everyone in the Southeast. He spent Saturday in The Swamp at Florida and liked what he saw.

"They threw it around a lot, more than I expected," Tate said shortly after the scrimmage to end spring ball at Florida.

The tight end position at Florida has had quite a metamorphosis in the off-season. From an extension of the line of scrimmage and more of a blocking position to one that is flexed out and used primarily as a receiver in space. The tight end for all intents and purposes is now a slot receiver in the new offense sat Florida so recruiting him for either position is a positive for Tate.

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"I liked it, if I am at that position, the linebackers would be on me, but I would be in a receiver stance," Tate said. "It would be easier to get open."

Tate really doesn't where he plays in college at this point.

"Wherever I can get on the field that is what I would play," he said. "They said they didn't know what I would play here, I could play receiver, slot, or tight end."

Florida hasn't offered Tate yet, but they seem close to doing so. He says they want to see him play in person next month.

"They want to wait until spring to see how I play," Tate said of the Gators. "I talked to Coach Joker. He said they want to come to summer, come to camp and build the relationship more."

Tate says no offer at the moment won't affect how he feels about the Gators if/when they do offer. But, that better come pretty soon.

"It doesn't affect my decision, but I am going to choose soon… probably sometime around summer," he said.

He lists six schools as standing out right now and has to get back to see a few of them. Clemson, South Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, and Miami have made the latest cut.

"I am trying to get back to Miami," he said. "In the summer, I will probably visit Clemson and South Carolina."

A Florida offer would shake things up for the better in terms of the Gators according to Tate who goes to the same high school that Florida All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves attended.

"Yes it would," he said of the difference a Florida offer would make in terms of the schools he likes. "Just talking to Vernon, he said it is a good place to come. The coaches are great, students are great, and the classes are great. It just seems like a cool place."

Spring practice in Florida starts May 1 and the Gator staff will certainly be out to watch Tate as soon as they can. Once that happens, there may be more news. In the meantime, stay tuned to Scout.com for the latest on Auden Tate.


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