Tate Up to Four Offers

Pine Bluff (Ark.) three-star defensive end/tight end has four offers, but believes a few others will come soon.

Offers are starting to pile up for John Tate.

The Pine Bluff (Ark.) defensive end/tight end picked up an offer from Louisiana Tech on Feb. 11, adding the Bulldogs to a list that already included Arkansas State, Louisville and Ole Miss.

“It feels good (to get offers),” Tate said. “I’m hoping there are more to come.”

Arkansas, as well as Mississippi State and Notre Dame, have shown a lot of interest and are close to offering, too.

The Razorbacks signed nine of the top 20 in-state prospects and Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. has already let the 3-star prospect know they are interested in him.

“Coach Lunney said they like what they see in me,” Tate said.

Tate (6-5, 255, 4.8) will try to turn more heads at various camps, such as the Nike Training Camp in March and the Rivals camp this summer.

The process is long, but some advice from former teammate and Arkansas signee Will Gragg is helping him get through it.

“I talked to him Thursday,” Tate said. “He tries to be like a brother to me. He told me not to rush my decision and to let it come to me. The offers will come. He said I just need to enjoy high school.”

The “enjoy high school” Gragg was referencing could include a second consecutive state championship, as Tate helped lead the Zebras to their 22nd state title, which ranks second in Arkansas history.

By beating Benton 51-10 in the Class 6A state championship, Pine Bluff won its first title since 1995. The 19-year drought was the Zebras’ longest since winning their first in 1915.

“It felt good because we lost the last two and then we finally won one,” Tate said. “We got over the hump and brought (a trophy) home.”

When basketball season ends, Tate said he is looking forward to improving his game on the gridiron, including getting better at tackling and with his technique.

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