SEC Program Could Reportedly Flip Top Ohio State Commitment
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Cornell Tate chose Ohio State over Tennessee when he committed to the Buckeyes in June.
However, On3 recruitment expert Chad Simmons doesn't think his enrollment is a closed affair.
On The Simmons Scoop (h/t Saturday Tradition), he said volunteers are still talking with Bradenton's four-star wide receiver,
Florida, who played at IMG Academy last season.
"At one time, I thought (Tate) was a Tennessee lean,
But went back to Ohio State late this summer before committing to the Buckeyes," Simmons said.
"Don't think he's done yet. There's some bullshit,
There is some discussion behind the scenes that communication with the coaching staff in Knoxville is back."
While Simmons was "80 percent sure" Tate would initially choose Tennessee,
He clarified that the recruiting class of 2023 is "still committed" to Ohio State.
Yet he believes the situation is "something to watch out for.
"Per Simmons, Tate is close with five-star quarterback Nico Imaleva and other Tennessees.
"I'm not saying anything is imminent, but I think you'll have to keep an eye on Cornell Tate as we move through the season and get closer to the initial signing period,"
He is committed to the state of Ohio, and he is now the leader. But keep an eye on Tennessee volumes."
Tate is ranked 11th among wide receivers and 58th in 247sports.
Still the Buckeyes secured commitments from Brandon Innis and Noah Rogers, who were the No. 4 and 7 wide receivers from the Class of 2023, respectively.
Tate may still change its mind before the early signing period opens in December.