Cate reflects on LSU visit

LSU picked up a commitment from Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood quarterback Alex Cate (6-2, 198, 4.7) over the summer and this past weekend he was in Baton Rouge for an official visit.

Cate, who is rated's No. 4 rated signal caller in the country, visited LSU unofficially over the summer but he had yet to witness a game at Death Valley.

Did it meet his expectations?

"It was fun," he said. "It was awesome."

Before his trip to the bayou there was some talk that Cate may be unsure of his early pledge to the Tigers and that he was thinking about taking some other visits.

Now, he said he is sure he knows where he wants to play his college football.

"Being there and seeing what the environment is like made it feel like there is no second thoughts," he said. "I was keeping my options open in case something happened but that trip helped a lot. I'm done now."

LSU had the third rated quarterback in the country, Tim Tebow, in for an unofficial visit for the Florida game and that prompted some to speculate on whether or not the Tigers were looking to bring more than one passer in with this class.

Cate spoke with Jimbo Fisher over the weekend and he heard what he wanted to hear from the Tigers' offensive coordinator.

"He said the guy was probably just coming in to watch Florida play," Cate said. "He said they are only recruiting a quarterback for next year but this year they are done."

When Cate wasn't meeting with coaches he was hanging out with his player host LSU punter/kicker Chris Jackson. The two found out that they had a lot in common and they had plenty to talk about over the weekend.

"He was cool," said Cate. "We had a good time together. We talked about how my school was supposed to play his old high school this year but the game got canceled by the hurricane."

Cate said he really enjoyed himself over the weekend and that he had several highlights from the experience.

"The game was so cool," he said. "I also enjoyed being able to talk to some of the administrators about academics and checking out the facilities."

Over the summer, Cate checked out the facilities at Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Arizona before heading south to LSU. When he made his stop at LSU the new football operations building was still under construction but this time he got to see the finished product.

"I was real surprised at how nice that was," he said. "That was cool. The other schools had nice facilities too but they were not even close to here."

Cate will graduate from Cottonwood High School in December and he is scheduled to move to Baton Rouge on Jan. 10. Life in South Louisiana is a lot different from what he has experienced in Salt Lake City but he is embracing the move with open arms.

"It will be a lot of fun," he said. "It will be something new and I'm looking forward to it."

You can bet the LSU community is looking forward to getting him down there too.

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