Tate is making strong impression

At 6-foot-5, on a good day, Jae'Sean Tate doesn't look the part of an ultra productive inside-out forward, but he sure gets a lot done. Now more interest and offers are pouring in.

Sometimes players just don't fit into a specific mold, yet still find a way to be extraordinarily productive. One of those guys is Pickerington (Ohio) Central forward Jae'sean Tate. The 6-foot-5 forward might lack the ideal height, but the bottom line is he gets a ton done.

Tate is the heart and soul of the All-Ohio Red 16-and under squad. The son of a former Cincinnati Bearcat and Ohio State Buckeye, Tate excels both on the football field and on the hardwood.

Tate brings that football mentality to the basketball court, and often is referred to simply as "a beast" on the basketball court. For Tate garnering that nickname is an honor.

"It's great to hear that," said Tate. "I just play as hard as I can to help my team win games."

As would be expected for the No. 53 prospect in the 2014 class, starting on June 15 his phone was very busy.

"It was crazy," said Tate. "I got texts and calls all day long."

Schools like Dayton, Ohio State, Butler, Xavier, Iowa, Cincinnati, West Virginia, and Michigan have all been linked to Tate in the past, but he says he is hearing the most from two schools.

"Definitely Dayton and Iowa," Tate explained. "Iowa offered me (Tuesday) and Dayton was my first offer in early June."

Archie Miller and his staff are focused on mining the recruiting grounds in the state of Ohio, and Tate is one they have put a lot of early work in on.

"They are a great school and they were my first visit," said Tate of Dayton. "I like the campus there and I also like the whole coaching staff."

Also the Iowa Hawkeyes from the Big Ten are coming in strong.

"They say they really like me," Tate explained. "They say they will take me right now. They don't care if I don't grow another inch. It is a school I definitely want to see."

Two schools that haven't yet offered are Ohio State and Michigan, though both were watching him on Wednesday evening. Tate lives just minutes from the Ohio State campus, and has multiple basketball and football teammates making their way to Ann Arbor for college.

"Ohio State I have been hearing from," Tate explained. "I am hearing from my basketball coaches and my football coaches that if I keep playing well I could get an offer from them later this week."

About Michigan he said, "Michigan, I heard a lot from them early, but I haven't heard much from the coaches lately."

Another school that has offered is Xavier. The Musketeers were his second offer, and he is slated to check out the campus in the not too distant future.

"I haven't gotten a chance to really get to know the Xavier coaches," explained Tate. "It is a great offer. I just want to get to know them and they have been telling me about the campus. I am supposed to go down there in early August for a visit."

For now Tate is taking it all in. He is in no hurry to make a decision, but has no kind of timetable for a commitment. However he does know what he will be looking for in a school.

"I am just looking for a school where I can play, that has good coaches, and a great facility," explained Tate.


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