Two schools have already seen enough of 2012 Nation Ford High School defensive end Abri Tate to extend him early offers. Other schools still have him high on their radar and Scout.com had a chance to interview the 6'5 220 pound prospect to talk about his game, recruiting, and outlook for his senior season.
Many of the top programs in the southeast already have started the recruiting process with Tate and he recalled the schools he's been hearing from as of late.
"I would have to say that NC State, Georgia, Kentucky, Furman, and South Carolina are recruiting me the hardest it seems. I've already got offers from Bryant and Newberry but I feel like South Carolina, Furman, Kentucky, or NC State may be close to offering me next."
Tate was impressive during his junior season and he recited his stats from a year ago.
"I had 8 sacks, 8 tackles for loss, 62 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 3 pass breakups, 33 assisted tackles, and 6 quarterback hurries."
It was a year ago that Tate says he really turned it on and he did so in the biggest matchup he and Nation Ford would face last season against a nationally ranked team.
"My best game last year was probably against nationally ranked, Northwestern High School who had the 17th ranked quarterback Justin Worley. I had 2.5 sacks and about 3 tackles for loss (not counting sacks) and about 9 tackles, a pass break up, and a hurry. It was memorable for me because I felt I finally was showing the potential my defensive coordinator (now head Coach Michael Allen) and defensive line coach Jim Guard spoke of and said I possessed."
"I finally was able to just go out and play and put everything together that we worked on in practice and show it on a big stage while helping my team nearly upset the highly ranked Trojans. I also gained a lot of respect from my teammates but also opposing coaches. I began receiving more double teams and pass blocks slanted towards me after that game."
With his senior season already underway the big defensive end prospect talked about some of the goals he's set for himself this season.
"My goals are to help lead our team to the state championship title, and in the process having at least 15 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, 80 tackles, 5 pass break ups, 8 forced fumbles, an interception, help lead my team, and help us all reach our potential."
Tate says he'll be on the road as much as possible on Saturdays to check out some schools that are recruiting him currently.
"I plan to visit Bryant University soon. I have visited Kentucky in the past for their spring game but will probably visit them again in the near future. I had a visit to Clemson in the past too. I got a tour around the campus, saw their facilities, and stadium. I'm hoping to set up a few more visits and see a few games too. I'd like to see ECU, NC State, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Georgia."
Right now he says that he'll look heavily at each school's education, coaching staff, graduation rates, location, facilities, and overall atmosphere of the program.
Scout.com will have more updates with Abri Tate as he continues on with his senior season so keep it tuned right here.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...ABRI TATE
Bench press: 260 pounds
Squat: 455 pounds
Power clean: 275 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.9 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.6 seconds
Broad jump: 8'5"
Player he most compares his game to: "I would say DaMarcus Ware. I can set the edge in the run game and contain the play or spill it to the outside if need be. I can also dip my shoulder or rip off of a tackle and get around the edge and get to the quarterback even sometimes just using strength, leverage, and bull rushing."