A three-star prospect from Pine Bluff High in Pine Bluff, Ark., John Tate has a top five of Boise State, Mississippi, California, Louisville and Louisiana Tech. His friendship with Crockett -- who is also from Arkansas -- began and blossomed at camps they both attended during the past two summers.
"We met and have kept in touch," Tate said. "He's tweeting me and texting me all the time trying to get me to commit to Boise. He's always recruiting me."
The 6-foot-3.5, 248-pound recruit holds offers from his top five schools, as well as Arizona State, Arkansas State, Houston and Louisiana-Monroe. He plans to commit to a program that will give him maximum playing time.
"I want to go somewhere where I can get some reps early," Tate said. "I want to be able to play and be effective my first year, as a true freshman."
The opportunity is there at Boise State, a university that he was interested in even before Crockett committed to the Broncos.
"I like that their coaches are honest," Tate said of BSU. "They talk to me a lot and the seem like they really want me there. Coach (Steve) Caldwell told me they're graduating seven D lineman after this year. Things will be wide open."
Tate has made the two-hour drive to Ruston a number of times to check out Louisiana Tech. As of now does not have any official visits set up, but will once fall rolls around.
As far as a time frame for his decision, the Arkansas prospect wants to take things slowly. His father played basketball at Arkansas State and Tate is leaning on him for advice during the recruiting process.
"My dad was a high school prospect and wants me to make a decision that's best for me, when it's best for me," he said. "I will take my time. I don't want to commit somewhere just to decommit later."
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