Scout Spotlight: Can U-M Flip Tate?

Tampa (Fla.) Wharton four-star wide receiver Auden Tate still remains a top target for the Wolverines even without a head coach. While Tate is still committed to Florida State, he has admitted his love of the Wolverines. Does Michigan have shot? Maybe. Checkout his story and his spotlight video inside.

Michigan is still in search of its next coach. Which has put recruiting at a standstill, and even caused some commits or prospects to look elsewhere.

However, that’s not the case with Tampa (Fla.) Wharton four-star wide receiver Auden Tate. In fact, Tate, who grew up a fan of the Wolverines, was the lone official visitor last month when Michigan played host to Maryland.

“The visit was great,” said Tate, in an interview with Scout after his visit. “I loved it. It was pretty much everything I expected and more (after) growing up as a kid watching it. I loved it a lot.”

While Michigan came out on the losing end, the outcome didn’t detour Tate from having a good overall game day experience.

“Going into the Big House,” Tate said. “It’s crazy in there. It’s like a jungle in there. It’s so big with so many people, especially when they bring out (the M Club banner) and the players run up and hit (the fans) just go crazy. I love the atmosphere.”

Still, the Wolverines have an uphill climb to get Tate to consider them. As of right now, the Sunshine state star is committed to defending national champions Florida State. And after his visit, he said his loyalty still remains with the Seminoles.

“I’m a solid commit to FSU still,” Tate said. “I’m just taking some visits -- just making sure.”

Although last week, Tate reported he will be taking an official visit to Florida. So it appears his ligancy to FSU isn’t set in stone.

Regardless of whoever lands Tate, his size alone at 6-foot-4, 205-pounds should make an impact at the next level. His review alone should get potential suitors excited. Managing editor Scott Kennedy, who was Director of Scouting at the time of this review, gave this report on Tate.

“A big wide receiver with excellent hands and body control,” Kennedy said. “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.”

To hear more about Tate in his own words, checkout the spotlight video feature below.

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