The Rebels won’t expect much on early signing day this year, but how about snagging yet another one away from the Florida State Seminoles?
Three-star safety Derek Bermudez was committed to Willie Taggart and Florida State since April, but after a coaching change and a phone call from new Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin, he’s a Rebel now that he has signed his letter of intent and faxed it to Oxford, Miss.
The Sandalwood (Fla.) High School product chose the Rebs over some big-time notable offers. Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCF, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia among others.
Correction to earlier tweet. Kobe Baynes to Louisville. Derek Bermudez to Ole Miss. pic.twitter.com/YYfBKtBGwr— Justin Barney (@JustinBarneyTV) December 18, 2019
Bermudez officially visited Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, and Virginia Tech but it was his final visit to Lafayette County that sealed the deal.
How does he fit in?
The 6’2, 180-pounder is the perfect size:speed ratio type prospect that this staff has been coveting the past two cycles. The No. 35 safety will most likely start there, but could move to corner given his length and frame. Wherever he ends up, those two things and his athleticism will serve him well.
Some are concerned about FSU taking a 3-star cornerback who's unranked by some recruiting services.— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) April 24, 2019
I wouldn't worry about the rankings just yet. It's hard to find 6-foot-2 corners who can turn, run and mirror downfield like Derek Bermudez:https://t.co/KhnNfdPmSh pic.twitter.com/hdu5nT06aD
Bermudez is impressive in coverage, utilizing his long arms and closing speed to keep up with smaller, shiftier receivers, and if he must help in run support, he comes down hill in a hurry.
FSU commit Derek Bermudez has the size (6-2) you want in a modern cornerback.— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) April 24, 2019
But he plays like a smaller cornerback (in a good way).
Here's my quick scouting report on Bermudez, who's freakishly fluid given his length:https://t.co/fUYF6mNaxf pic.twitter.com/mWO0rtAIAg
As you can see in the video above, he’s got plenty of strength to go along with that size and speed.
I expect him to get to campus and immediately compete for playing time as a true freshman. As I said above, this staff is looking for a new look and Derek has what they want and will be an impact guy for the Rebels sooner rather than later. Ignore the three-star ranking, as evidenced by his offer sheet, he is a dude.