Tate chooses UA's Red over UT's Orange

Standout Tulsa prep defensive end Michael Tate commits to Arkansas over Tennesee on Sunday to give the Razorbacks' 22 verbal pledges.

Orange or Red?

In the end, Michael Tate decided he'd look better in Red.

Tate, a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end from Tulsa Booker T. Washington, became the University of Arkansas' 22nd verbal pledge on Sunday when he committed to Razorback head coach Houston Nutt.

"At first I thought I would end up at Tennessee, but now I am not even going to visit there now because Arkansas has just completely won me over," Tate said Sunday. "Once you look at it closely, Coach Nutt is really building something special over there, I trust him and we might be young the next few years but we are going to turn into something great."

Tate, who visited Oklahoma State and also had scholarship offers from Tennessee, Texas A&M, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Tulsa and late interest from Oklahoma, had a phenomenal senior season.

The Oklahoma prep standout had a whopping 153 tackles and 11 sacks this season and says Arkansas wants him to fill that rush end role.

"Coach Nutt said that he wants me to play right and he thinks I have that ability, but that was up to me and how hard I work in the weight room before I get to Arkansas and how hard I work in the weight room and on the practice field after I get there," Tate said. "I have going to get with it because I would love to get on the field this year."

Tate came into the visit with Arkansas ahead, but still planning to visit Tennessee next weekend.

"I just had a great time, a great visit, I love the coaches,the players, the family atmosphere they have and their facilities," Tate said. "They have everything I was looking for and it's close to home so there is no reason not to go ahead and say I am going to be a Razorback."

Tate, who goes to work right after school, said he is proud of some of the attributes that his dad Buddy, a former Tulsa star and Pittsburgh Steelers draft pick, passed on to him.

"One thing I pride myself on is having a great work ethic, doing what is right all the time and having the discipline to make great choices," Tate said. "I am going to bring those same qualities and build on them at Arkansas while becoming a better man and a better player."

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