Wide receiver Auden Tate has collected scholarship offers from more than two dozen teams in every corner of the country. The 4-star Florida playmaker is starting to narrow down his options, with eyes on a trio of Sunshine State programs.
Tate, a rising senior at Wharton High School in Tampa, tweeted a list of his top 10 teams Thursday morning:
Thanks to all the schools and coaches for recruiting me but these are my top. No specific order 💯🏈 pic.twitter.com/b0JAdjkDtn— Auden Tate (@itstate_18) June 5, 2014
The 6'4", 195-pound playmaker kept Florida, Florida State and Miami in the mix. The Hurricanes extended a scholarship in February, while the Seminoles and Gators each followed with offers in May after April campus visits.
The in-state rivals have plenty of company in their pursuit of the dynamic pass-catcher.
Georgia just offered last week but managed to beat out several longstanding suitors to crack Tate's top 10. The Bulldogs are joined on the list by SEC foes South Carolina and Missouri.
The Gamecocks could gain an advantage due to the fact that Tate played football in South Carolina as a high school freshman.
Clemson gives Miami some ACC competition. The team collected a commitment from fellow 4-star Tampa talent Deon Cain last week.
Cain currently plays quarterback in high school but is projected to line up at receiver once he reaches the next level. Dabo Swinney is still in position to pair up the West Florida standouts.
Michigan and Ohio State find themselves locked in yet another recruiting battle. Both teams landed among Tate's favorites and are charged with task of competing against programs that offer better proximity to his hometown.
Maryland rounds out Tate's Big Ten Conference options. The Terrapins extended an offer in mid-May.
Where will 4-star WR Auden Tate play college football?
Tate caught 49 passes for 815 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. He is rated No. 38 nationally among receivers in 247Sports' composite rankings.
Michigan is projected to sign him in 54 percent of the expert predictions that comprise 247Sports' Crystal Ball predictions. Florida sits in second place at 23 percent.
Tate left several notable teams off his list, including Penn State, Central Florida, Louisville and Michigan State.
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