Top Running Back To Camp At Auburn

One of the nation's top running back prospects plans to camp at Auburn this weekend.

Berlin, Maryland–-One of the country's top running backs plans to camp in the South this weekend as top performer Benjamin Tate from Stephen Decatur High is on his way to Auburn for a senior camp to be held on Saturday and Sunday. An explosive player with great vision and the ability to run through tackles, the 5-10 ½, 205-pounder with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash says that he's anxious to get close-up look at one of his favorite schools this weekend.

"I just want to experience Auburn as much as I can," Tate tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'll get to see the campus and see what the atmosphere is like down there. I'll also get a feel for the coaches and what they want to do with the offense. I'm not too familiar with them (Auburn). They are a big-time football program though and everyone knows about them."

Losing both Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams off last year's team has made Auburn an attractive place for running backs in the 2006 class and Tate says that's something that he has looked at. Tate says having both of them go in the Top Five of the NFL Draft this year only made the Tigers more attractive and he wants to get a closer look at the program this weekend.

In addition to the Tigers, Tate says that all of the teams that have offered him are still in the running for his services. That includes Penn State, where he has already visited, Boston College, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina and Virginia.

A dominating runner that has a nose for the endzone, Tate carried the ball 286 times for 2,886 yards and 41 touchdowns as a junior. Those numbers were good enough to earn him First-Team All-State honors in Maryland. He says that he has several things he does well that enable him to have an advantage when he's running the ball.

"I'm very quick and elusive," Tate says when describing his style of running. "I have good balance and also the power to break tackles. My quickness is the strength of my game. I want to get better at pass blocking before next season and try to get faster and stronger."

A very good student, Tate says that he plans to make a decision in December and doesn't want to carry his recruitment all the way to signing day. He has a good reason for that and says he wants to get a jump on college life next season.

"I'm trying to graduate early so sometime in December I'll probably decide," Tate says. "I think I have a good chance to get that done. That would be important for me because you can get a jump on a lot of other kids at the position as well as academics at the school."

Tate says he plans to camp at several more schools before the summer is complete but hasn't set up any dates yet.

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