Tate Focusing on His Final Four

Maryland wideout is weighing his options and intends to make a decision relatively soon. See who is on his short list and when the commitment may come.

Hyattsville, Md., wide receiver Kenny Tate has been one of the quieter high-profile recruits around the country this year, choosing to have his coach, Bill McGregor, handle the recruiting-related interviews for him.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound product of DeMatha Catholic high has offers from more than 30 schools this year and has recently dwindled his list to a four final schools.

“Kenny has four visits that he is taking before making his decision,” McGregor said. “He will be going out to Illinois this weekend (Dec. 7) and then to Maryland next weekend (Dec. 14). He is going to go to Florida and then Penn State after that, but I am not sure if those visits are the following two weekends or if there is a gap in there.”

McGregor also spoke about some of the things that Tate sees in each of the schools on his final list.

“Illinois has Coach (Mike) Locksley recruiting Kenny and he has recruited the D.C. area pretty well over the past several years,” McGregor said. “Kenny's teammate from last year, Ian Thomas, is up at Illinois as a freshman this year so that adds another level of comfort. Also, Illinois is talking about offering our fullback, Ryan Clark.

“Maryland has also done a great job recruiting Kenny with Chris Cosh and Coach (Ralph) Friedgen,” McGregor said. “I know that Kenny feels real comfortable with Coach Cosh and Coach Friedgen and it is very close to home.

“Florida has been recruiting Kenny pretty hard as well with Billy Gonzalez and Coach (Urban) Meyer,” McGregor said. “Those guys have been up visiting the school several times and Florida is a pretty good program coming off a national championship, so there is a lot to like there.

“Penn State has been recruiting Kenny for a while with Coach (Larry) Johnson,” McGregor added. “Coach Johnson has done a great job recruiting this area in the past several years with a lot of guys up at Penn State and they have the proximity to home as well as a great football program.”

McGregor also spoke about a timeframe for Tate's decision.

“Kenny still doesn't know what he wants to do, that is why he is taking these visits,” McGregor said. “Maryland and Penn State are close to home while Illinois and Florida are a little further away. Kenny wants to take a look at all of them and then he can weigh the pros and cons in each situation. We are hopeful that he can make a decision as soon as possible after he makes his visits because we don't want to keep the coaching staffs waiting and hurt their class by holding a spot open for Kenny.”

Look for more on Tate as he takes his visits over the next month and makes his decision, likely sometime in January.


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