NoleDigest Take: Tate Commits

Florida State received verbal commitment no. 17 on Tuesday when Tampa (Fl) Wharton wide receiver made his college selection. Here is how he fits at FSU.

Auden Tate

6-4.5, 205

Wide Receiver

What to Like: A big wide receiver with excellent hands and body control, Tate will meet the ball with his hands and body rather than letting the ball come to him. He can go high or low for a ball, and he's a natural pass catcher capable of adjusting to the ball in the air and shielding smaller defenders. A long strider, Tate is fast in the open field, but not necessarily quick in tight spaces. His strength helps get him separation.

What He Needs to Work on: Tate runs a few routes at a high level, but needs to add more variety to his arsenal. A terrific red-zone weapon, Tate could also do some damage over the middle of the field. He needs to become a more fluid athlete.

How he Fits at FSU: One of the toughest things for programs to do is replace big-time talent. Kelvin Benjamin was a force in 2013 for the 'Noles including making the game winning play in the National Championship game. While Tate is not quite as big, his game is similar he will become FSU's biggest target.

FSU will lose seniors Rashad Greene, Christian Green, and Jarred Haggins after the 2014 season and have just seen Benjamin and Kenny Shaw head off to the NFL so there will be a bit of a changing of the guard in Tallahassee. Tate joins Ermon Lane, Travis Rudolph, and Javon Harrison as young receivers who will be next in line.

One thing we have seen in the Jimbo Fisher era is that the team continues to get bigger physically, Tate certainly is another case of that.

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