Northwestern First To Offer Tate

De La Salle (IL) point guard Jaylon Tate has picked up his first offer, and it comes from a local Big Ten school. Northwestern is the first team to offer the sophomore standout.

"It feels good," said Jaylon Tate. "It just goes to show that I got to keep going. I got to keep working hard, playing my game, and working hard every day."

Just a week ago, Tate's season with De La Salle came to an end, as they fell to Whitney Young High School in the IHSA Playoffs.

Thus far, the sophomore point guard's main interest has come from Northwestern along with Illinois, Marquette, Xavier, Florida, Purdue, and others. But Tate says, being offered by Northwestern means a lot.

"It's a really good feeling knowing that Northwestern is really taking a look at my talents," said Tate. "They're a really good school with academics and basketball. It's good to know that they see me."

The point guard from Chicago is familiar with Northwestern, a school that is just a short drive away from him. Tate was in attendance for the Northwestern football squad's game with Michigan State, and he was very impressed with the visit.

"The whole atmosphere, the players, the coaches, they made me feel like home," he said. "It's really comfortable. It's nice to take it in. I really liked it."

Throughout his recruitment, Tate has maintained a strong relationship with Northwestern assistant coach Tavaras Hardy.

"It's a really close relationship," Tate said. "Every time I see him, we got a really good bond. We have a close connection. He's a really good coach and I feel comfortable every time."

Tate has also been in constant contact with NU head coach Bill Carmody. Tate says he hopes to continue to build a strong relationship with Carmody, much like he has with Hardy.

Living just a short distance away from Evanston, Tate was able to follow along with Northwestern's season, which has the team in the National Invitational Tournament. Tate has been very impressed by the Wildcats' season.

"I know they did pretty well and they won a lot of games, they played a lot of good, close games," Tate said. "I know they played Ohio State pretty well. They got good players. Juice (Thompson) has played great. They got a really good coach."

And with the offer in hand and the mutual interest on the rise, Tate said he plans on visiting Northwestern more, in hopes of getting to know the program better.

"I look to go up there pretty soon and visit the campus a lot more," Tate said.

During his sophomore season, Tate finished with nearly 10 points per game, while leading his team to a 22-3 record.

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