The younger John Tate, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, did not give up football when entering high school. In fact, as a sophomore defensive end for the Zebras he excelled. And he already has a scholarship offer from Arkansas State.
"I think my dad would love for me to go there, but he will let me make my own decision," said the younger Tate, who also has an offer from Louisville.
But is football in his future?
"I think he is pretty talented and we think he might grow some more," said a smiling John Tate Sr. "We figure he got five or six more inches to grow."
The younger Tate is not seeing a lot of playing time on the Zebras this basketball season. But it was a different story on the football field. He started at tight end for a team that reach the Class 6A title game and while Arkansas State was the first to offer, Louisville followed and many more offers are expected to come along.