Perhaps the most important position in the West Coast Offense is the quarterback. Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan made that apparent when he went after big name Harrison Beck last year. This year, he has only offered three quarterbacks to date. Alex Cate is the latest. Cate stands 6' 2" and weighs in at 200 pounds while running a 4.7 40 yard dash. He benches 245 pounds and squats 390 pounds while carrying a 3.3 GPA in the classroom. During his junior campaign, Cate went 196 for 379 throwing for 3586 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions with a rushing touchdown as well. Alex was named First Team All-State and holds offers from Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska. He also claims interest from Iowa, Oklahoma State and Georgia. He has no current favorite and cites his strengths as his feet in the pocket and his ability to read defenses.
When looking at the kind of quarterback Alex is and the type of statistics he put up during his senior season, you get an idea that he'd fit in well with the West Coast Offense. "I try to do a lot with my feet and then throw the ball downfield," he said. Cate sees himself as more of a pocket passer, but isn't totally adverse towards moving around. "I would like to stay in the pocket but I don't mind (getting out of it)," he said. Cate becomes only Nebraska's third offered quarterback recruit and the honor isn't lost on him. "When I got the offer I was really excited, I've always thought Nebraska was one of my favorite schools," said Cate. Alex mentioned that once he was told about the offer by his father, he thought it was a joke. "My dad told me and I was like, ‘yeah whatever,'" he said.
Growing up, father Scott played for a school that has recently gotten quite a bit of publicity thanks to new Florida Coach Urban Meyer. "My dad played for Utah so I was kind of a Utah fan," he said. Alex claims a casual interest in the Utes these days as he's opened himself up to the recruiting process. "I'm just open looking around," he said. In speaking with Nebraska, he has had quite a bit of contact with both Bill Callahan and quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. "I talked to Coach Callahan on the phone and I've been e-mailing, we talk about the recruiting process and the QB situation," said Cate. So what does Alex think of the prospective quarterbacking situation at Nebraska? "I think it's a great QB situation. They've got some old quarterbacks but it'd also be fun to go in and compete for a job," he said.
In planning his visit season, once baseball wraps up for Cate, he'll be out and about. "After my baseball season I'm going to try to get to Nebraska then try to make it to Arizona and figure something out after that," he said. So what attracts Alex to Nebraska and makes him think that they could be the school for him? "They're in a good conference, good program and all around good football school," he said. Cate would like to learn more about the program as a whole and the Nebraska tradition.