Tate (6-6, 225, 4.6) is getting away from some strenuous off-season football workouts guided by Razorback strength and conditioning coach Jason Veltkamp.
But there is this little thing of nearly 100 degree heat expected as his West team goes through practices in Fayetteville for this week's Arkansas High School All-Star football game.
"It would be just icing on the cake to win after being able to get out and talk to these guys – but win Friday because I am a competitor and I don't like to lose," Tate said. "As far as if it is going to be a break, you'll have to ask me that in a couple of days.
"I am not real sure how things are going to fall out here, but I am just real happy to be here and privileged and I just thank the coaches and everybody that got me to this point."
The game will actually be held at Bentonville because Reynolds Razorback Stadium is getting new turf at the moment.
But Tate – who was all-state in football, baseball and basketball - has seen plenty of Fayetteville already as he is one of a number of signees already on campus going to school and through workouts.
"Coming in and working early, coming in during the summer, it gives you that extra time to be around each other and kind of figure out who's who," Tate said. "You get around and you hang out and that kind of helps you bond a little bit. When you get out there and you having to work and you have to fight to finish, you get a special bond and that bond is going to build for the next four, five, six years."
Tate, who had 35 catches for 470 yards and seven touchdouwns as a senior, has had a chance to go through the voluntary workouts and get used to his future teammates.
"The voluntary workouts – as you say – I think are really good," Tate said. "You get to get use to throwing with a new arm and a new guy and you to catching and being around all the older players as well.
"It is not just a freshmen bonding deal," Tate added. "The voluntary workouts really helped us with team chemistry more than anything. I think it is really going to help the program in the long run to get out and do that."
While Harrison head coach Tommy Tice and staff helped him out a lot, Tate knows things have racketed up a notch now that he is going through college level workouts.
"Workouts up here are just the next step up," Tate said. "Coach Tice and Coach Leo – our speed training coach in Harrison – they did a wonderful job in training and getting me ready for the past six years…to get me to this point where I can be able to play in the SEC now.
"Their workouts and everything has helped, but at the same time it is a while another world up here with the workouts and the intensity and the conditioning," Tate added. "You have got to be in top shape."
Tate is coming in at a position where D.J. Williams is a returning All-SEC pick and one that has upperclassmen Ben Cleveland and Chris Gragg to provide depth.
"Right now I am working hard and trying to catch up to those guys," Tate said. "I am not there physically. I haven't been in the weight room as much as they have, but I am going into the fall with the mindset that I am going to play. Regardless of whether they redshirt me or not, I am going to go in with that mindset. It is not going to hurt me to go in with that mindset."
"I am just go to go in, be ready to play and get ready to be called upon," Tate added.
Being on campus has allowed him to get use to Arkansas quarterbacks Ryan Mallett, Tyler Wilson and Jim Youngblood.
"We've got Ryan Mallett – he's got a cannon," Tate said. "Just all these guys up here have got strong arms and you have got to have strong arms to play in the SEC. They are good and they are good at what they do and that is why Arkansas has them."
He is planning on taking everything in he can this week during the All-Star festivities.
"Just to be at this point at the All-Star game is an accomplishment as many would say, but I really look forward to just meeting new guys, meeting all the names that I have been hearing around the state," Tate said. "I haven't really been able to put a face with them, but now I will be able to hang out and kind of talk with them and get around them."