Another day, another blue-chip for Tribe24.
This time, Mike Norvell and the Florida State Seminoles have landed another in-state defensive back from Florida.
Cai Bates is a 6’2”, 180 pound defensive back who plays for Edgewater High School in Orlando, FL. He is currently ranked as the 94th best player in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite (9th best cornerback, 15th best player in FL).
Bates was previously committed to the LSU Tigers, but decommitted in the days following his most recent visit to Tallahassee to watch the Seminoles beat the Miami Hurricanes. He took his official visit to Tallahassee back on June 11. FSU was able to hold off the Alabama Crimson Tide and Tennessee Volunteers this time around to land Bates.
Bates chose the Seminoles over 40 other offers from the likes of the Auburn Tigers, Colorado Buffaloes, Florida Gators, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Iowa State Cyclones, Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes, Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State Buckeyes, Ole Miss Rebels, Penn State Nittany Lions, Texas A&M Aggies, and UCF Knights.
Bates is a two-way player for Edgewater at WR and CB, and he uses his long arms to his advantage on both sides of the ball. Last season, he transitioned to cornerback and promptly picked off four passes (three in one game) and tallied seven PBUs. Though he is still learning the position, Bates has a high ceiling and the type of size and length coveted by defensive backs coach Pat Surtain.
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