Could Cate Beat Freeman To The Punch?

The 2005 Nebraska Quarterback Prospect Race is on and while the field is fairly small, the quality is there to snag a bona fide stud no matter which horse finishes first. Some of the names have been tossed around such as Freeman, Mustain and others, but don't rule out Utah's Alex Cate as the man who might claim NU's first signal caller scholarship.

When Nebraska landed Harrison Beck out of Florida during the last recruiting cycle, people celebrated and lauded Head Coach Bill Callahan and his staff, but little did they realize that pulling in a signal caller the quality of Beck may not be a one time thing.  In fact, it may become an almost frequent occurrence if the staff continues their pace.  The names in the 2005 quarterback prospect list are well known by now.  Josh Freeman, the tall highly-touted product out of Grandview, Missouri, Mitch Mustain, the sensation from Springdale, Arkansas, but could the first quarterback to commit to Nebraska in the 2005-2006 recruiting class be Salt Lake City's own dynamic Alex Cate?

Alex has been able to narrow down his twenty or so offers down to five potential schools that appear to have the best shot for his services as of now.  Those five are LSU, Arizona, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and, of course, Nebraska. The interesting thing is that Cate is already starting to plan his unofficial trips and he looks to visit the Cornhusker State in the middle of June.  Cate maintains that while Nebraska offers a lot to a young quarterback, the coaches are the ones who have done a great job of selling the deal thus far.  "I love their coaches. They do a really good job of recruiting.  We talk a lot, they send a bunch of letters and they always keep in touch.  I like it mostly because it's a big program with good football," said Cate.

When a coach is trying his hardest to convince a prospect to visit his college of choice, relationships can play a vital role in even getting a kid to come.  Alex mentions that he's gotten to speak with the entire staff, but likes what he hears from both Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Jay Norvell and Head Coach Bill Callahan.  "I've talked to all of them, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the head coach.  They've all kept in touch.  They're saying how it's a good program, good place to be and they've got a good quarterback situation.  They had a couple guys leaving and they're starting to spread it out, starting to throw the football more," said Cate.

The possibility was there for Alex to attend Nebraska's Elite Quarterback Camp in later June, but it appears that for Cate, the visit will be enough for now.  "I think I'm just going to go on the visit, probably not the camp because I'm going to go on a lot of other camps at this point," he said.  As far as his visit goes, Cate wants to get to know everything that Nebraska offers as a program and as a university.  "I want to talk to the coaches personally, see the facilities, see the town, just go look around the campus," he said.  One added positive about Alex is that he's looking to get his diploma from high school early so that he can show up on his eventual campus ready to learn.  "I'll actually graduate in January and go in for spring ball so I'm going to go and get a head start," he said.

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