Clemson offers S.C. native in Tampa

Among the class of 2015 wide receivers that picked up an offer from Clemson on Thursday was this South Carolina native who now lives in Florida.

WR Auden Tate Profile

Auden Tate lived in Irmo for 14 years. Now, he's a junior at Wharton High School in Tampa. Tony Elliott, who recruits the area, informed Tate of the offer.

"They like the way I use my body in the air. They say I remind them of DeAndre [Hopkins], how I can switch in the air on back shoulder throws and jump balls, stuff like that," Tate told CUTigers on Thursday afternoon.

Though it was minimal, the Tigers' running backs coach had previously communicated with Tate.

"Coach Elliott came and visited earlier in the school year, but I haven't had much contact with them until now," Tate said.

He's happy that the Tigers are starting to show serious interest.

Tate was one of several 2015 wide receivers to get a Clemson offer on Thursday.
"It's good, because I'm from South Carolina. I always liked to try to stay close to home, because that's where a lot of my family is, so that's a good offer," he said.

A trip back to his home state is on the horizon.

"I'm probably going to try to visit Carolina and Clemson on my spring break," Tate said. "I haven't visited any other schools yet, but I'm probably going to visit some more in the spring time."

Despite his roots to the Columbia area, Tate has no allegiance to one of the schools in the Palmetto State.

"I didn't really pick a side," he said. "I liked both teams, because they were in my area, but I really didn't have a favorite."

When it comes to the recruiting scene, it's the same story. Tate has no pecking order.

"I'm still just weighing out my options, taking my time, one day at a time," he said.

There are plenty of options for the 6-foot-3, 200-pound three-star. In addition to Clemson, Tate has several: Illinois, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, UNC, Penn State, South Carolina, USF, UCF, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

When asked what factors will be considered, he said: "Just where I'm comfortable at.

"How my parents see the university, just how my parents see it and the academic-standpoint of the university."

As a junior, Tate had 49 catches for 850 yards and five touchdowns. Top Stories