Tate says UA now his leader

Tulsa Booker T. Washington defensive end was thought to be headed to Tennessee, but the 6-4, 240-pound standout says he now will likely end up at Arkansas.

Michael Tate, the 6-4, 240-pound defensive end from Tulsa Booker T. Washington, says that Arkansas has moved ahead of Tennessee headed into his final pair of official visits scheduled to the two schools.

"I have really been thinking about this a lot and Arkansas is my favorite now," Tate said. "The location is great, the school has great traiditon and I just really like the coaches. They have really won me over. I am pretty sure that is where I am going to go, but I just want to make sure before I announce it."

Tate, who has already visited Oklahoma State, is scheduled to visit Arkansas Jan. 16-18 and then Tennessee Jan. 23-25.

Tate had constantly mentioned Tennessee as his leader from a list that has also included Oklahoma State, LSU, Colorado and Texas A&M.

"I've just been thinking about what the best situation for me is and I think I know," Tate said. "But these visits will tell me for sure."

Tate had had a whopping 152 tackles this season, 20 of those for lost yardage and 11 of them being sacks He also caused five fumbles, picking up one of those and taking it back for a score.

BTW was perfect in the regular season and was 11-0 before losing 38-27 to Ardmore in the state playoffs, a game it led 20-10 at halftime.

It was the end to a sparkling prep career for Tate, who had 321 tackles while starting all three years and is the son of former Tulsa University standout and Pittsburgh Steeler draft pick Buddy Tate.

"It was a great season for us," Tate understated, "except for the last game."

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