Tate Takes News in Stride

Reactions from prospects and fans have varied greatly on Joe Paterno's decision to cancel all of the official visits to Happy Valley this weekend. Perhaps the main attraction this weekend was Benjamin Tate, the four-star running back from Maryland. Scout.com caught up with Tate to get his take to the news.

“They told me it's a big game and Coach Paterno didn't feel like the staff would be able to show me what Penn State was all about,” Tate said.

The 5-foot-10, 208-pound running back from Decatur High in Berlin, Md., admitted he hasn't had much time to really think about rescheduling his trip to Penn State.

“This all just happened [Tuesday] night,” he said. “I haven't rescheduled yet, but I really haven't had much time to think about it.”

Tate, who has committed to Auburn but is looking around, has a visit scheduled to Florida (11/4). He has already taken visits to Auburn and Maryland.

“I'm just trying to stay focused on my senior season and helping my team win a state championship,” he said.

Tate has helped lead Decatur to a (4-0) record this season. He has carried 38 times for 777 yards, nine rushing TDs and one receiving score. He also hit the end zone on an interception return.

Though there will be no official visitors to University Park this weekend, there is expected to be a number of unofficial visitors at Beaver Stadium Saturday night when the Nittany Lions take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.

This list includes Johnnie Troutman, Lou Eliades, Jason Kates, Adam Patterson, Eric Latimore, J.B. Walton, Jared Odrick and Aaron Maybin, as well as at least a dozen top junior prospects.


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