Pine Bluff defensive end/tight end John Tate keeps piling up the scholarship offers, but is still waiting for one from the home state school.
Tate (6-4, 260) now has nine offers with the latest two being Pac-12 schools California and Arizona State to go along with ones from Louisville, Ole Miss, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama and Arkansas State.
He is also drawing interest from LSU, Missouri, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Boise State and Arkansas, who has stayed in contact with Razorback assistant Barry Lunney, Jr., and had defensive coordinator Robb Smith visit him earlier this week.
“Coach Lunney has told me that they go through the process slowly, but that they have a lot of interest and would really like for me to come to a camp so they can have a really good look at me,” Tate said. “I am planning on doing that.
“They want to get me in camp and work me both at defensive end and tight end and see where they think I would fit best for them.”
Smith turned the Arkansas defense around last season and expects to continue that push this season.
“Arkansas really started to come along late last season when they beat LSU and then went on to beat Ole Miss and Texas,” Tate said. “The defense was a big part of that as they weren’t letting teams score or even get many yards.”
Tate is coming off a season in which Pine Bluff won both the Class 6A state football and basketball titles.
“We expected to be really good in football because we have been in the finals the last few years and have a lot of good players,” Tate said. “Basketball was kind of a surprise and we just turned it on late and just kept it going.”
Tate says there is a big key to repeating in both sports.
“We know that it is going to be tougher this year, that we are going to be the hunted team this season, people are going to expect us to be really good and we are going to get everybody’s best shot,” Tate said.
“We know that we have to be hungry. We are going into this season with the mindset that we haven’t done anything this year.”
Tate’s offers continue to come from more elite schools as the process goes along.
“Getting the California and Arizona State offers was big for a couple of reasons,” Tate said. “Those are very good schools and football programs and I have family in California.
“I’m just going to keep on working hard and hope the offers keep coming so I can have as many options as possible.”
John Tate shows off the 6A Class State football championship trophy.
Tate Keeps Piling Up The Offers
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