Cornerback Dominique Tate, a 5'10, 185 pound rising high school senior out of Carver High School in Winston-Salem played his way into an offer from Wake Forest at the Demon Deacons' football camp on June 8th.
"I went up there and ran the 40 and did a long jump and did some backpedaling drills and showed how quick I could break to the ball," said Tate. "It was a hot day so I had to move on my feet real well. I guess I showed what they wanted."
Tate, who plays at Carver and will also play slot receiver for the Yellow Jackets in 2008, plans to play cornerback at Wake Forest. At Wake Forest, Tate hopes to continue his stellar play in the secondary. As a junior, Tate intercepted seven passes and amassed an estimated 50 tackles in leading Carver to a 12-2 record.
For his play at the high school level, schools began recruiting Tate early. "My recruitment really started after my 10th grade season," he said. "I got letters from Tennessee and various colleges. The first really in contact was probably Wake Forest when I went to the school. Later Duke came and N.C. State came along. The ones that offered were Duke and Wake Forest."
In the end, Wake Forest was the best fit for Tate. "I called coach Ray McCartney and told him," Tate said. "He set up everything and he was pretty excited about it. He said the coaches were pretty excited about it and he would take care of me there."
"I would say that it was a long time coming," Tate continued. "It was just what I was waiting for. You can't beat the education either way you go and I wanted to go to Wake because I wanted to play early too. After this season, there was a good chance to play pretty early."
Although previously scheduled to attend N.C. State's camp next week, Tate is unsure about those plans at the current time. This summer, he plans to continue to work on his game including his speed. "I'm working on being able to and getting my speed down. The college level is real fast with linebackers running 4.4s. I'm also working on my tackling and cover skills and backpedaling."