If you’re a fan of length in the secondary, then you’re probably a big supporter of how the 2020 Florida State recruiting class is shaping up. Tonight, that unit got even bigger and deeper, as cornerback Derek Bermudez verbally committed to the Seminoles.
Bermudez (6’2, 180) is from Jacksonville’s Sandalwood High School, and the teammate of FSU’s 2020 quarterback commit, Jeff Sims, who’s been an enthusiastic recruiter for the ’Noles. Recruited to Florida State by defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett and offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, Bermudez is the tenth member of the Seminoles’ 2020 class, and the fourth cornerback— all of whom measure in, presently, at 6’2.
This recruiting strategy should provide a healthy pool of rangy, versatile athletes with which the ’Noles can work when rounding out their secondaries of the future. Remember: just because a kid is considered a corner now does not mean that he may not eventually be able to bulk up some and possible contribute at safety or star down the road. True to form, the Seminoles are getting a tall, fast, and physical player in Bermudez.
The addition of Bermudez has FSU’s 2020 class ranked eighth, nationally, and fourth in an ACC that has gotten off to a fast start. Clemson, Miami, and North Carolina all remain ahead of the ’Noles, for the time being, but there’s obviously a ton of time left before players put pen to paper in December and February.
Bermudez does not yet have a composite ranking, but 247 has him as a three-star prospect. An impressive list of suitors are after his services, as Bermudez also has offers from Florida, Miami, Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Oregon, Virginia Tech, and Virginia, among others.