Alex Cate: I'm Now A Cowboy

Salt Lake City (Cottonwood High) quarterback Alex Cate, one of the top high school signal callers in the nation (No. 6 in the Scout.rom rankings), has switched his commitment to Oklahoma State. GoPokes Executive Editor Robert Allen spoke with Cate Sunday evening and and at the end of our conversation he said, "I'm done."

Cate said he won't even return to Oklahoma State for an official visit following the unofficial visit to Stillwater this past weekend. Cate, traveling with his parents, saw enough to change his mind from a verbal pledge he made in June to LSU. Cate told Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy that he would be coming to OSU following the 24-17 victory over No. 13 Texas Tech. Cate also confirmed that he will enroll for the second semester with the intention of competing for playing time next season.

The 6-2, 198-pound Cate is an honest young man. Told that we had seen 40 times on him ranging from 4.7 to 4.8, he told us that 4.7 was his best, but he is really more consistently 4.8.

This season Cate led Cottonwood to the Utah state semifinals before they bowed out of the playoffs finishing with a 13-2 record. He threw for more than 2,800 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior. As a junior, he had a monster season completing 196 of 379 passes for 3,586 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He competed in the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp last summer. He was also a standout baseball player in high school at third base hitting over .400 with double digit home runs.

So why the switch to Oklahoma State? "I was doing some second guessing and I wanted to check it out," said Cate, who had previously visited Oklahoma State this summer before making his original commitment to LSU. "The Oklahoma State coaches kept calling me each week and after looking at it this weekend this is a better situation for me."

Cate was on the sidelines before the game against Texas Tech and then saw the Cowboys upset the 13th-ranked Red Raiders.

"Watching the game I could tell I would fit in well. We ran the spread offense in high school. But it is not just football," said Cate. "I can see myself being in a better situation at Oklahoma State, on and off the field."

Cate said he will major in business and that both his parents agreed with his decision to change to Oklahoma State saying they both felt it was a better fit for him. Cate added that he spent a lot of time over the weekend talking with Gundy, offensive coordinator Larry Fedora and his recruiting coach Todd Bradford.

Cate was recruited and offered scholarships from OSU, LSU, Arizona, Nebraska, Washington, Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, Kansas, California, Georgia and BYU.

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