Golden Tate A Bluechip Playmaker Prospect

A report is featured on an exciting prospect from Pope John Paul II High in Tennessee.

Hendersonville, Tenn.--Golden Tate's ability to do it all on the offensive side of the football is easily going to make him one of the hottest recruiting targets in the Southeast for the class of 2007.

And, the 6-0, 185-pound running back, wide receiver and return specialist says that whichever team he decides to sign with will likely have be a hot location as well.

"Right now, I am unsure, but I have always loved the Florida schools like Florida, Florida State and Miami," he says about his early college interests. "I also love the SEC schools, too. So, I probably want to go somewhere in Florida, or somewhere in the SEC or maybe even Notre Dame.

"I don't know," he adds about what has drawn his interest toward the sunshine state. "I like the weather. I don't like cold weather and the weather there is really nice and, I don't know, I just like them I guess."

Although, Tate says that he is currently leaning toward taking his skills way south of the Tennessee state line, he admits that weather is not the only thing he will be interested in during the recruiting process.

"Also, I am probably going to be looking for a college that will let me play both football and baseball in college, too, because most people think I am better at baseball than I am in football," the talented prospect notes.

Tate, who is currently playing centerfield for John Paul II High and batting around the .350 mark, notes, however, that he has not been heavily involved in the recruiting process and has not taken any unofficial visits yet.

He says that he had planed to attend a spring football combine, but was forced to cancel after his SAT was postponed due to bad weather and the make-up test was scheduled for the same day. He adds that right now he is not planning on attending any combines this spring, but is hoping that will change in the near future.

Despite his absence early on in recruiting circuit, Tate has already garnered the attention of a number of college coaches. "I think Auburn has offered me," he says.

"I am not sure, but Alabama, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Clemson, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Mississippi State have. Plus, there are probably some more that I can't think of right now. I think I have at least nine or ten."

With a long list of awards such as Mr. Football in Tennessee's AA classification as a junior, and almost 4,000 yards of total offense in his career, which does not include his return yardage, it is easy to see why colleges already know about the talented player.

Tate says he believes that his versatility on the field has been his biggest asset. "I can change directions and stay going pretty fast," he notes. "Also, I have the ability to catch the ball and run the ball as well."

Although it looks like Tommy Tuberville's team may have some ground to make up on the big three from Florida, Tate says that the Tigers are certainly a team he will take a strong look at.

"I am very interested in Auburn," he says. "My options are open and Auburn is in the SEC and they are pretty close to home. I don't know much about them, but I will start learning more about Auburn and all of the rest of the colleges. They (Auburn) produce real good running backs, I know that much."

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