Things have been rather quiet on the recruiting front for Pickerington (OH) Central SF, Jae'sean Tate in recent weeks. The four-star prospect had mentioned earlier in the fall that a decision could come at any time. Since then he decided to slow things down bit and instead settle on a choice a little further down the road.
“I haven’t been on any more real visits,” he reported. “I’ve been to a couple of Buckeye games, but other than that, nothing. Me and my family talked about me taking my visits in January and then after that me making my decision. I plan on taking three (last visits). I’m thinking immediately after that (a decision will be made).”
Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio State are the schools he plans to drop in on at yet to be determined dates. The Buckeyes remain under strong consideration after picking up forward, Keita Bates-Diop Sunday. His commitment apparently won’t have any impact on their pursuit of Tate.
“I think they said they want a guard, a center, and someone like me… a three,” Tate reported. “I think that was a good pick up for them, but he is not my position.”
The Wolverines, who also appear to be courting a three-man class, didn’t spend much time lamenting the loss of Bates-Diop.
“They contacted me today,” Tate said regarding Michigan. “They were just checking up on me and seeing if I want to come to the North Carolina State game. I’ll ask my dad… but if it’s during the week it probably won’t (happen).”
Even if he doesn’t make it to the Crisler Center for the aforementioned Big 10 / ACC match-up, the Wolverines will almost certainly stay fresh in his mind thanks in part to frequent Maize & Blue reminders from Pickerington Central brethren Caris LeVert and Taco Charlton.
“That’s an everyday thing now,” Tate said laughingly. “The whole recruiting process has slowed down now, but it’s fine to hear from those guys. It’s not (serious). They’re giving me my space.”
Tate has used some of that time and space to focus on things other than his basketball future. One of his alternate endeavors was football.
“I felt like I wasn’t getting any better in our open gyms and I still had a little passion for football, so I went out there (to join the football team) and I had a lot of fun,” he explained. “I played outside linebacker, defensive, and tight end. I only played in four games but in one game I had about six sacks and thee batted down passes. And I scored once this year. Most of the games I had at least once sack and a couple of tackles. They made a highlight tape for me, so that was pretty cool. Now I’m getting recruited in football and I don’t know what is going on now.”
It’s an interesting twist in a recruitment that is currently on track to end in a few months. The gridiron could become a significant factor before all is said and done.
“No football offers yet, but Illinois is talking about being the first,” Tate said. “I talked to Michigan State and they’re talking about I could go there and play both. I talked to Michigan actually in my sophomore year and they were looking at me. The defensive line coach comes up all of the time about Taco. He wants to know if I’d be interested.”
“Right now I don’t know (if I’ll play both). I definitely want to look into though.”