Cai Bates

  • Pos CB
  • Height 6-1.5
  • Weight 180

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  • High School Edgewater
  • City Orlando, FL
  • Class 2024

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Evaluated 03/05/2023

Andrew Ivins
Andrew Ivins Director of Scouting

A pass catcher turned pass defender with plenty of developmental upside given length and tentacle-like arms. Started prep career off playing wide receiver before being thrust into action at cornerback midway through junior season. Found success right away in coverage, totaling four interceptions and seven pass break ups in just two games. Still figuring things out from a technical standpoint, but has no issues tracking the football and putting himself in position to make a play at the catch point. Lack of verified speed markers is not ideal in an era where perimeter defenders are constantly challenged vertically, but does have a basketball background and natural bounce shows up on tape. Must keep evolving and take to coaching, but should be viewed as a potential multi-year at the Power Five level. Will need to get better as an open-field tackler if he’s going to make a real difference in run support or even get a look at safety, but has some of what's required to thrive in a defensive scheme that wants to press often. NFL scouts will likely be drawn to his size one day.

Athletic Background

Multi-sport athlete that also runs track and plays basketball. Averaged 5.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg on the hardwood as an 11th grader per MaxPreps.
2022: Two-way player for Edgewater, which went 12-1 and made the regional finals of Florida’s new 3M state playoffs. On offense, caught 17 passes for 241 yards and a TD. On defense, picked off 4 pass and broke up 7 more in just a handful of games. Against Tampa Bay Tech in the playoffs, had 3 INT and 5 PBU.
-Andrew Ivins

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