2015 Prospect Carries a Well Known Name

The Arkansas State basketball legend John Tate said as a 6-foot-3 sophomore he gave up football. With AState and others already interested in the younger John Tate, also a 6-3 sophomore, history may not repeat.

"I saw all those big guys out there and wanted no part of it,'' Tate, Sr., said in a recent visit after watching his son's Pine Bluff Zebras defeat Little Rock Fair in a basketball game.

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.

John Tate from Mark Ferguson on Vimeo.