Tate Commits to Arkansas

Arkansas lands its second commit of the week and its sixth of the 2009 class when Harrison tight end Austin Tate (6-6, 225, 4.7) comes on board after getting an offer on Friday afternoon.

A flurry of activity for the University of Arkansas football program this weekend when the Razorbacks got a commitment from Harrison tight end Austin Tate.

Tate (6-6, 225, 4.7), somewhat of an unknown in the state, got an offer from Arkansas State on Friday morning, but then took an already scheduled unofficial visit to Fayetteville.

Tate, who caught 42 passes for 708 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, got an offer after leaving and didn't wait around to make his choice.

"I got the offer about an hour ago and know that I want to be a Razorback," Tate said. "So I didn't waste any time."

Tate committed after touring the campus with UA offensive line coach Mike Summers.

"I have been over there a lot and have just been a fan all my life," Tate said. "This is exciting for me."

Harrison head coach Tommy Tice says Arkansas is getting quite the athlete in Tate, who was all-state in football, basketball and baseball.

"He's a heck of an athlete whose a very good player right now and is someone whose best days are ahead of him," Tice said. "He plays football, basketball and baseball and was all-state in all of those. Once he concentrates on one sport - and it now appears it is going to be football with Arkansas - it is just going to keep getting better and better and better."

Tice sees Tate staying as a tight end and not turning into an offensive lineman. "He has great hands, runs great routes and is a big kid who makes a lot of plays," Tice said.

Tate is the sixth commit in the UA's 2009 recruiting class and the second to pledge this week following Caddo Mills (Texas) defensive end Ryan Calendar (6-8, 220).

The Razorbacks also landed a late 2008 signee in Camden (NJ) High wideout and track star Matt Marshall (6-3, 210, 4.41), who will be on campus on July 6 and eligible to play next season.

Austin Tate

Photos courtesy of Bennett Horne

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