Linebacker Enjoys Auburn Camp Experience

This little-known linebacker talks about his recent visit to Auburn for a summer camp.

Palmetto, Fla.--At almost every major prospect camp, no matter where it takes place, there is a player or two who come in with little or no fanfare and impress onlookers with their ability. That was the case in Auburn when unknown linebacker Deonta Tate was one of the better linebackers in attendance at the Tigers' final camp of the summer.

With star instate linebacker Jerrell Harris choosing to watch the camp instead of competing, it gave players like Tate the chance to shine in drills and he didn't disappoint. Showing good footwork and the ability to close on the football, Tate says that he enjoyed getting to work with Auburn linebacker coach James Willis and says he liked his time on the Plains.

"It was my first time at Auburn and it went good," Tate says. "Seeing all those other guys from other states made it neat. It was a good experience for me. I think Auburn would be a good place to be. They look very good."

A 6-2, 218 outside linebacker who has started since his freshman season, Tate says his best 40-yard dash time is 4.58 seconds. He is hearing from several schools including Nebraska, Indiana, Florida International and FAMU, but is still waiting for his first offer.

In addition to his duties on defense, Tate says he also sees some action at tight end for Palmetto. As if he's not busy enough with football, Tate also participates in track and field, weight lifting and basketball for Palmetto. Very strong for his size, Tate reports a clean and jerk of 280 pounds with a bench press of 335 pounds.

Tate says he plans to concentrate on getting stronger and faster before his senior season begins and doesn't anticipate attending any more camps this summer.

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