Despite being one of the most highly recruited players in Tennessee, Golden Tate (6-foot-0, 180 pounds) doesn't concern himself too much with the hectic nature of college recruiting. For now Tate is concentrating on his next game.
"Nothing really, I'm just concentrating on football really," Tate replied when asked to provide an update on his recruitment. "I don't want to get knocked off track during my football season. I'm going to worry about my Pope John Paul team because without them, I wouldn't be where I am now. I'm just playing ball every Friday night, until I can't play any more. Then I'll look up colleges and take my visits.
"I get a bunch of coaches that call every day. It's getting stressful, but I'm trying to stay focused and worry about high school. I'll worry about college later. I really haven't talked to many coaches lately because they're always calling when I'm doing homework, so if I'm busy I don't answer."
Notre Dame fans have been waiting for the Irish to extend an offer to Tate, but that hasn't come at this time.
"I'm definitely interested in Notre Dame, they just haven't offered yet," Tate said. "I get mail from them just about every day. Coach Minter has been texting me and he said they were coming to my game last week."
Tate and his teammates have struggled a little bit, but Golden believes that they will have everything worked out by the time play-offs begin.
"We're 5-3," Tate explained. "We lost to the No. 5 team in the state and we lost another region game. We'll finish second in our region regardless of how things work out because we're 3-1 in our division.
"I really don't know my stats. I'm doing decent. Sometimes when I think that I'm having a not-so-good game, my coach tells me I'm having a good game. Other times I think I'm doing really good and he says that I need to work on this or that."