COLUMBUS – While everyone who follows Ohio State recruiting has their own wish list one of the most common names for Buckeyes fans is wide receiver Carnell Tate.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder out of IMG Academy in Bradenton (Fla.) is a consensus five-star, the No. 21 player in the nation according to the 247 Sports Consensus Rankings and just the type of player that makes a difference with any team that he is a part of.
One team that he makes a big difference for is the South Florida Express team, one of the premiere 7-on-7 teams in the nation and Tate took part in a trip to Ohio State over the course of the weekend to check things out and really see some things that he had not had a chance to witness in his previous handful of visits to Ohio State.
Tate has visited during the summer for camp and other times but getting a chance to see a practice run by the Buckeyes was very important as he continues to work towards making a decision with a who’s who of colleges after him.
“It is definitely a deciding factor, seeing your coach live up in practice, seeing how he coaches and you see it for yourself,” Tate said.
Tate’s relationship with Ohio State wide receiver coach Brian Hartline is one of the biggest things for him and getting more time around his potential ‘next’ coach is a big deal. He also knows what Ohio State has been able to do with his position as the Buckeyes are set to put two more top-flight receivers into the NFL Draft, almost assuredly into the first round.
While Tate does not have a top-two, many feel that this is an Ohio State versus Notre Dame battle as both schools have welcomed Tate multiple times. There was a point where it looked like Tate might be an early commitment to one or the other but then he slowed things down for good reason.
“With the date, I was going to commit sooner but then me and my family realized that I should see everything, give each school an opportunity because at the end of the day I might end up changing my mind,” Tate said. “So, I did not want to go into committing there and then possibly decommitting because I had not seen my other options.”
What does that mean for a new date? Are we getting any closer to one or could this end up going well into the season and even up to the early signing day?
“I see myself getting it over… probably over summer so I can be committed before the season so I don’t have too much to worry about during the season and can just play ball and get ready for the next level,” Tate said.
Check out what else Tate had to say in this exclusive video interview from his Ohio State visit over the weekend.