Tate making adjustments

Playing for maybe the top team in the country, Jaylon Tate is one of many weapons at Simeon who is getting major recruiting attention.

One of the many reasons why expectations are so high for Chicago (IL) Simeon High School is because of the addition of Jaylon Tate. The four-star point guard transferred in the off season to Simeon, and now he is adjusting to the program and is off to a good start.

"It has been going good so far," said Tate. "We are off to a good start. We have had a couple of good games, and we have a game tonight so we are just looking forward to everything. I have been playing well. I am just getting used to the new system and playing with the guys and knowing where they are going to be on the floor."

Coming over from Chicago De La Salle, it has been an adjustment for Tate, but he says that things are coming along well.

"It is a totally different system from De La Salle," Tate explained. "Just getting used to the system has been tough, but I am getting a lot of help from Jelani Neely who is a senior who knows the system well. Also Coach (Robert) Smith has been telling me to become more of a scorer, so he has been having me play off the ball some."

Recruiting wise interest is coming from all over for Tate. The junior has been on several unofficial visits and is staying in touch with numerous schools at all levels.

"The last visit I took was to Colorado State and also I have been to Missouri State," said Tate. "I have heard from Missouri, UCLA, Arizona, Marquette, Xavier, and DePaul."

DePaul is a school showing Tate a lot of interest, and the local school is doing what they can to keep him close to home.

"They are talking to me about how they are trying to get more guys from the Chicago area to stay home," said Tate of DePaul. "There is so much talent in the area and they are trying to get back to where they used to be. The DePaul program has a good coaching staff who is getting a lot better, and I have been having great conversations with them."

Marquette has also been active in recruiting Tate. The Golden Eagles are familiar with Simeon landing forward Steve Taylor in the 2012 class, and Tate likes what he sees in the Big East school.

"I like their style of play," said Tate. "They are all about toughness and discipline, and I know that is one of the reasons why Steve is going there because he is a tough player. They talk to me about how I fit in with their guards and how they play."

On his recent visit to Colorado State, Tate says he saw some very good things, and is intrigued by the school.

"As far as a campus it is a beautiful campus," said Tate of Colorado State. "It is a nice school as far as basketball, and from what I have seen and heard they have a great coach. Also having Coach Chinn (Coleman) out there who is from Chicago it makes me feel more comfortable with them."

At the moment Tate says he is just taking his time with his decision, but that certain factors will come into play before a commitment is made.

"Academics is the most important thing, but after that I want to feel comfortable with the program, how they play, the coaching staff, and find a place where it feels like home," said Tate.


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