Tate's A&M Verbal Solid?

<b>COLLEGE STATION, Texas</b>--In the shadows of <b>Kyle Field</b>, <b>Baytown Lee</b> quarterback and <b>Texas A&M</b> verbal commitment <b>Drew Tate</b> revealed a stunning development at the recent <b>NIKE Camp</b>.

"If something happens or my commitment doesn't work out, then hopefully there's Texas Tech or Purdue," said Tate. "I really like Tech's offense, because it's wide-open and they pass a lot."

Tate (5-11, 175, 4.65), who committed to Texas A&M in September 2001, passed for 3,916 yards with 44 touchdowns and only five interceptions for Baytown Lee, which finished 10-2 and lost to Humble 44-7 in the second round of last year's playoffs.

"A&M was the first school to offer," said Tate, who also set state single-season records for attempts (496) and completions (317) last season. "So I took it and ran."

For his career, Tate has completed 664-of-1,105 passes for 8,562 yards with 82 touchdowns. He's the fourth consecutive Baytown Lee quarterback to earn a NCAA Division I football scholarship, following Jermaine Alfred (Baylor), Clint Stoerner (Arkansas) and Ell Roberson III (Kansas State).

No matter where Tate ends up, he wants to play in the Big 12 Conference.

"I'm impressed by Big 12, because the competition is so fierce," said Tate. "It might be the best conference in the nation."

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