Montgomery (Ala.) Park Crossing wide receiver Jackson Tate enters his senior season as one of top prospects in the state. Listed among the Top 100 athletes for the class of 2017 at No. 68, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Tate is drawing interest from programs throughout the region.
"I'm enjoying it," he said. "I'm enjoying the schools taking up interest in me and and really grateful for the opportunities."
Western Kentucky is among the schools to have extended a scholarship offer, joined by Air Force, Appalachian State, Army, SMU and Troy.
"They like my speed (4.47), my ability to catch in traffic, running ability after the catch and my ability in the classroom," said Tate.
WKU's interest is more than a year long, with assistant Don Dunn making the offer last spring.
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Tate continues to draw interest from others, with Vanderbilt and Stanford also in the mix.
"I don't have any favorites as of now," he said. "Every school is in the mix."
Tate's Scout.com evaluation says that the receiver displays "great acceleration and route-running every time he's seen in action. But where Tate really separates himself is with his toughness, whether it's showcased in contested catches or running with power after the catch. With good lateral quickness and reliable hands, he can be a weapon in nearly any offensive scheme and in the return game as well."