Kenny Tate is Gathering Offers

Notre Dame needs to upgrade their speed and playmaking ability on both sides of the ball and that all starts with recruiting. Charlie Weis and his staff have proven to be tireless workers on the recruiting trail and athlete Kenny Tate from DeMatha Catholic high school (Hyattsville, MD) appears to one of the top prospects they are targeting for the 2008 recruiting class.

The top football programs from around the country have identified junior Kenny Tate (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) as a recruiting target. He has scholarship offers from Ohio State, Florida, Illinois and Maryland in hand, but he isn't ready to focus on recruiting just yet.

"Most of my focus is on basketball, but I'm receiving mail from Notre Dame and I've been text messaging the coaches," Tate replied when asked about his recruitment. "Coach Weis is a great coach and everybody knows about him. I know he has NFL experience. He always has a contending program, so I think it would be nice to play for him.

"I get a lot of stuff from Ohio State, Florida, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Illinois and Rutgers. I'm really undecided right now and until I take visits and all of that I'm really open."

Tate will have plenty of options before all is said and done. The most difficult decision he may face is where he wants to play at the next level.

"Most everyone is recruiting me to play wide receiver, but I play running back, safety and wide receiver," Tate explained. "I've always been a running back and I love running back, but I moved to wide receiver my sophomore year. I thought I played fairly well so I just stuck with it. Next season will be my third year at wide receiver.

"I really think I'm a threat every time I touch the ball. I try to make the best of the situation when I do get the ball, so if I can make a play I'm going to try to make it. I always try to turn into a running back once I get the ball. I try to use my vision when I'm at wide receiver or returning punts.

"I really don't even know my stats," Tate said. "The only thing I really know is that I had double-digit all-purpose touchdowns (13) and I had one interception. The interception was in the last game of the season, which is the only reason I remember it. I don't even know how many tackles I had.

Despite his playmaking ability with the ball in his hands, Tate would love to play on the defensive side of the ball in college.

"I actually enjoy playing defense more than I like offense," Tate explained. "I think defense is fun. You can be aggressive on offense, but you can show your passion on defense. You can see your toughness. You can combine all the elements of your game on defense.

"I wouldn't call myself a big hitter, but I am a sure tackler. I don't miss many tackles and if I do, I get upset about it. I only had one interception this year and I had four last year."

Tate is a special athlete that is capable of excelling at any sport. Although he spent more time playing basketball in the past, his future will be football.

"I'm receiving mail for basketball, but I haven't received any scholarship offers," Tate responded when asked about his future in basketball. "Football is my first love.

"I'm actually I'm going to run track this year. When I was younger, track was always during my basketball season, so I wasn't able to run track. My mom ran track in school, and she has always wanted me to run track, so I'll do that this year.

Tate reports a 2.5 g.p.a. and he will take the SAT in March.


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