Tate, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete, stars at quarterback for Cartersville (Ga.). He sustained the injury during a pass play in the second quarter.
"When I was throwing a pass – I threw one deep – and when my arm was in the air a guy just came and put his helmet into my ribs," Tate said. "I have a rib protector, but he just hit it in an area where there just wasn't any padding."
Tate plans to reschedule his official visit to UNC.
"I have [talked with the UNC coaches], but we haven't set up a new date," Tate said.
This weekend, Tate was scheduled to officially visit Alabama, but those plans may also be postponed.
"I really don't know if I'm going to take my visit this weekend, because of my rib [injury]," Tate said.
Tate, who has already taken an official visit to Southern Cal, wants to decide on a school before January. Thus, he figures to reschedule both the Alabama and UNC official trips before the end of the year.
Recently, Tate narrowed his list of options down to Alabama, UNC, and Southern Cal.
"Those are the schools that are recruiting me the hardest and that I feel most comfortable with the coaches I talk to," Tate said.
Alabama and UNC are recruiting Tate as a quarterback, while Southern Cal likes Tate as a safety.
After settling on the school he will signed with in February, Tate has another life-altering decision on the horizon. Tate is projected to be a high selection in the Major League Baseball draft. He's ranked the No. 2 overall prospect in the nation by Perfect Game.
"I really haven't thought about that too much yet," Tate said. "I have a lot to think about right now with making a decision on where I'm going to school. And then it will be high school baseball and I'm going to worry about that.
"Whenever the draft happens, whatever happens, happens. I'm not going to worry about it or get too caught up in it until after the draft."
Tate says he won't make a decision between the MLB and college routes until after he is drafted. If he turns down professional baseball, Tate plans to play both football and baseball in college.