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New Hope wide out Jeremy Tate is a name to watch this season and next.

New Hope High School is a program that is on the rise. With Trojan players drawing interest from college coaches, it is clear that Coach Kris Pickle and his staff have their program moving in the right direction. A name to remember going forward for high school football fans in Mississippi is New Hope junior wide out Jeremy Tate.

Jeremy Tate helped his team to an impressive 29-8 jamboree win over Morton last weekend. When the Trojans needed a play in the passing game, Tate was there to answer.

"I feel like I did pretty good," Tate said. "I was able to set up the offense for some good runs with my blocking. I feel like I did my part to help the team get a win."

New Hope had three one play scoring drives on the night. Tate believes that this year's offense at New Hope will much more prolific. The Trojans went 3-8 last season, but any remnants of that season were not evident on Friday night.

"I feel like we can score at any time from any place on the field," Tate said. "We have been working hard and we had a good summer. I think we can have a good season.

I am real confident in our quarterback (Thomas Stevens). We hung out some this summer and we did a lot of extra routes together before and after workouts. We got a lot of throwing and catching in."

The extra effort paid off handsomely as the Trojans looked impressive in their dress rehearsal for the 2016 campaign. Tate appears poised to have a big junior season. The 6-4, 195 pounder was pleased with his contributions under the lights for the first time this year.

"I feel like we all played pretty good," Tate said. "The running game was good and I feel like I made some good blocks and made some catches. I feel like if we play together and play smart that we should be okay next week when we play Louisville."

While Tate is just beginning to hit the recruiting radar, he has already had some interaction with some college coaches. If his play Friday night is any indication of what to expect the rest of the season, the Tate family may need a bigger mailbox.

"I have heard some from Alabama and Mississippi State," Tate said. "They want me to come to some camps and some games."

New Hope will take on Louisville this Friday night in the season opener for both teams. The Trojans and Wildcats were both impressive this past weekend as they both won their jamboree match-ups going away.

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