"I already had an offer from them, and they were telling me how much they wanted me to play for them.
"They seemed very interested, the facilities looked great, and since I am from North Carolina I wanted to play for the state school."
Tate, who chose North Carolina over offers from West Virginia and East Carolina, along with interest from Virginia, said he did not receive the recognition many other prospects received due to missing several games last year.
"I still had 600 yards and 8 or nine touchdowns in ten games."
Actually, he's being modest -- his official stats were 47 catches for 946 yards (20.1 yards/catch) and 8 touchdowns.
Cummings plans to throw the ball to Tate much more this coming season as he works on his game this offseason.
"I am 6-1, 180 pounds," he said. "My playing style is like Peter Warrick when he was with Florida State with my strength, my quickness, and make things happen with the ball. I want to work on mentally and physically getting stronger."
Tate also stars for the basketball team, where he led the squad in points (14.0) and assists (5.5).
(Thanks to BlueGoldNews.com for the above two photos.)