Tate Holds Two Offers

While much of Wake Forest's recruiting efforts are taking place in states like Florida and elsewhere, the coaching staff is making a concerted effort to pursue some of the top in-state talent available. Safety Dominique Tate is one prospect the Deacons would love to land.

The 5'10, 180 pound defensive back hailing from Carver High School in Winston-Salem is an obvious target because of his proximity to the Wake campus and the headlines being garnered this offseason by defensive back Alphonso Smith. Where is he at in the recruiting process these days?

"I was planning on visiting Duke and NC State (this summer) but so far that's about all I know," Tate said in a recent interview. "I would say Duke is recruiting me the hardest but if I had to pick a favorite it would probably be NC State. I've been offered by Duke and Wake Forest.

"With Duke I mostly like the education. I haven't been there yet but I've talked to the coaches a lot, on a lot of occasions. Coach Collins was talking about the degree. He was saying that if get that degree from Duke it will help you out a lot. Also, with the new coaching staff there's been a big change.

"I'm pretty high on Wake Forest too. I like their defensive strategy and schemes, and how they utilize their athletes."

Tate said that while he is content with his pair of offers so far, he wouldn't mind hearing from Virginia Tech or South Carolina. He also said that he believes he will play cornerback, not safety, at the next level.

"At my high school I play safety but I think this coming year I should be playing a lot of corner," he explained. "I'm pretty sure (schools) will be recruiting me as a corner. I'm good in coverage. I feel like I cover very well. Last year I had seven interceptions."

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