ALEX CATE, QB, 6'2, 200, 4.7, SALT LAKE CITY (COTTONWOOD HS), UTAH:
Alex Cate is one of those prep quarterbacks that a ton of great college programs would love to sign. Cate will be a three-year starter this year at quarterback operating out of a spread offense.
Last season, Cate finished with 3,500 yards passing and 40 touchdowns against only 11 interceptions while completing over 60 percent of his passes.
"I don't think I have to play in the same offense in college," said Cate. "I want to find an offense that does throw the ball quite a bit, but I want more of a balanced offense in college. I think I can throw all the passes and throw all of them pretty well. We throw the deep ball a little bit, but we throw more quick routes and medium range routes in our offense."
Cate can bench 245 pounds, squats 390 and he posted a 31-inch vertical jump. In baseball, he starts at third base where he hits clean-up at a .410 clip with five home runs. Despite the fact that Cate is an outstanding baseball talent, he wants to concentrate on football.
Cate attends the Bob Johnson quarterback camp about 10 times a year as he tries to get there every weekend in the summer. Cate hasn't attended any spring games or any junior days and at this point as he and his folks are still trying to decide where to go or if they will travel anywhere.
Cate has been offered by 15 schools at this point and he is enjoying the recruiting process.
"I am wide open and I am trying to narrow down my choices right now," said Cate. "I am looking at LSU, Nebraska, Arizona, Kansas and Arizona State among other schools. I want to say again that I have not ruled out anybody and I am still looking for other schools to offer me."
What are his thoughts on Oklahoma?
"Oklahoma came out to Salt Lake to see me last weekend," said Cate. "I have always liked Oklahoma and they would have to be one of my top choices. They have not offered me yet, but they would become one of my top choices. Coach Long says that he will use his one phone call to me next week and that he would talk about offering me then."
Cate says he doesn't mind leaving Utah or the West Coast and that he will go anywhere to find the best school for him. Cate's dad — Scott — is his offensive coordinator, which can be a unique experience.
"I like it because I get to talk to him all the time and spend time with him," said Cate. "It is great because I can talk to him about football all the time. When we are at home he is my dad, but we still talk football quite a bit."
Cate has qualified.
Could offer put OU near the top of QBs list?
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