Expert Analysis: Can U-M Catch FSU for Tate? South Regional Manager fielded questions from GoBlueWolverine’s Sam Webb about Michigan’s standing with some of the top prospects in his region. The focus of this portion of the interview is Tampa (Fla.) Wharton WR Auden Tate. Have the Wolverines made up enough ground on Florida State?

Sam Webb:  Auden Tate, Tampa Warren High School, I was extremely impressed Chad, watching him for the first time out the Opening in Oregon.  I thought I was going to see a kid that was a tight end playing receiver and he is anything but.  He is an outstanding receiver, deceptive with his speed, able to get on top of guys but boy can he go up and get the football and out muscle guys.

Chad Simmons:  “Yeah definitely knows how to use his size to his advantage.  He’s an immediate, when he steps on college (campus) a red zone guy.  He’s a guy that you’re going to throw the jump balls too.  He’s a guy that can catch the ball in traffic and like you said, speed is not the name of his game.  He’s not one of those 4.4 kids, but he’s a big 6’4”, 215 pound grown man type of receiver.  He’s a guy that goes across the middle.  He’s a guy that can go up in traffic and make a big catch, high pointing the ball.  He’s a guy that can go up in traffic and make a big catch, high pointing the ball.  He’s a guy that I think a lot of schools maybe got on early, then kind of cooled off on a little bit, but once they saw him as a senior, I think they got back on him a little bit.  He’s a guy that’s committed to Florida State, but he doesn’t have those Florida ties like that.  He’s from South Carolina.  His dad opened a church up in Florida, that’s what brought them to the Tampa area to open a big church down there from their South Carolina home.  He’s not a kid that was just growing up dying to play for Miami or Florida or Florida State.  He is still committed to FSU and he is visiting there this weekend as of right now.  They have a chance to close the door.  Michigan has been there.  He has been up there before.  They’re still in the mix when he talks about other schools, other possibilities.  I think just based on his relationships not only with the coaches at Florida State, but the other commitments in that class, so many being from the area like a George Campbell, a Derwin James… guys right there that he is close to in his circle there in Florida.  I think FSU hangs on to Tate.  As we know, nothing is official until that ink is dried and those faxes are sent on Wednesday in February.  Right now I’m leaning towards him staying with FSU, but Michigan has kept themselves in the game until the end.”

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