FSU Football: ‘Noles commit Demorie Tate shines at The Opening

FSU football is known at “DBU” by most as they have produced tons of great defensive backs. FSU 2020 commit Demorie Tate could be the next in line.

FSU football defensive back commit Demorie Tate is the second highest ranked player in the ‘Noles 2020 recruiting class.

He checks in at No. 138 overall, just one spot shy of FSU wide receiver commit Malachi Wideman.

Tate is considered the No. 9 cornerback in the class and the No. 18 player in the state of Florida.

All of those rankings could and should improve after his performance at The Opening event this week. The Opening is an event that host many of the best players in the nation in different drills and a 7 on 7 format.

The latter is where Tate shined as he was honored as being part of The Opening Dream Team.

Here’s an excerpt about Tate’s play from 247Sports Barton Simmons:

Tate really arrived this week as one of the elite cornerbacks in the country. When 7on7 play kicked off and he was asked to just focus on his side of the field and cover, nobody could get open. In particular it was a dangerous game testing him vertically. He has the makeup speed and length to trail receivers and still make a play but he also has the ability to stay on top of a receiver and just shut down any threat of the deep ball. If we are talking purely about physical traits, the Florida State commit has a five-star kind of ceiling.

Tate went up against some very good receivers, including recent Miami commit Michael Redding III and held him in check.

Tate has excellent size at 6’2″ 190 pounds and the length coveted by NFL scouts at defensive back. He’s hails from Orlando, Florida, and has been committed to the Noles over a year despite other teams like Alabama, Florida and Georgia pursuing.

He’s been on campus a couple of times this spring as recently as FSU’s junior day in April.

He’s a player the Noles spotted early on and their evaluations were spot on as they were one of the first teams to offer.

Tate’s still a bit raw but as Simmon’s said, he has the potential to be elite with proper coaching and continued physical maturity.

Great job by the FSU coaching staff. They have proven they can evaluate talent with the best of them.

Next: 5 Reasons To Be Excited About FSU in 2019

Now, it’s getting FSU football back to a level of respectability and having players like Tate onboard is a quick way to do it.

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