Cal Offers Versatile Khalil Tate
Out of a bevy of California offers to go out on Tuesday, the Bears extended an offer to dynamic 2016 athlete Khalil Tate of Gardena (Calif.) Serra, who I saw back during the CIF playoffs against Cal signee Greyson Bankhead's Corona (Calif.) Centennial.
The Bears also offered Tate's teammate C.J. Pollard, a four-star cornerback.
Tate is a bit raw as a quarterback, to be sure, but he has undeniable arm talent and a nose for creases when he's pulling the ball down and running, which can make him a threat with the ball in his hands, no matter where he's lining up.
Tate led the Cavaliers to an 8-3 season as a junior, throwing for 1,395 yards and completing 88 of 158 passes. he threw 17 touchdowns to six interceptions, although three of those came against Centennial in Serra's 68-64 first-round playoff loss. Tate played the entire game against the Huskies, after switching off with 2016 tight end/quarterback prospect Caleb Wilson back of center during most of the season.
As the sole signal-caller against Centennial, Tate went 26-for-40 for 434 yards and four touchdowns, and led Serra on the ground with 22 carries for 166 yards and four touchdowns.
At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Tate is much tougher to bring down than he would seem, and plays a lot bigger and runs a lot harder than his size would suggest. He has a very effortless release, with a lot of power behind his throws, and he at times shows very good touch, though his decision-making needs improvement, which will come with more snaps.
As a runner, Tate carried the ball a team-high 139 times for 1,287 yards as a junior, with a team-best 17 rushing touchdowns. He's been listed at wide receiver or inside receiver, but he didn't catch any passes this season. It looks like he'll be more of an "offensive athlete" at the next level, or at least start as that.
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