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October 25, 2007

Status quo for Kenny Tate

DeMatha wide receiver/safety Kenny Tate has been fairly tight-lipped about his recruitment, but for good reason -- there's not much to report. He has unofficially visited Maryland and Florida but hasn't made an official visit to any school just yet.

According to Stags head coach Bill McGregor, Tate's been 100 percent focused on his high school season, bumping recruiting to the backburner. I caught up with McGregor earlier this week to check in on Tate's season and recruiting picture.

How has Tate performed this year?

"He’s done very well. He’s playing both ways -- wide receiver, running back, safety, kick and punt returns."

What position do you think he projects best at for college?

"I don’t know. He’s so versatile. I think he could be a wide receiver, a defensive back, a big running back. He’s tall, so I don’t know. He might even grow into a linebacker."

You've coached multiple players in the NFL, in addition to several more DeMatha alums that currently dot DI rosters. Where does Tate stack up with past DeMatha greats?

"He’s as good as anyone I’ve ever coached. He's a great kid, a great human being, a great person. He's focused on academics. He's very low key and comes from a great family."

What have you discussed with him regarding recruiting?

"Truthfully, we haven’t really talked about it. Basically we’re talking about winning the next ball game. My gut says Florida and Maryland. I don’t know which order, but again, all that could change. Kenny’s priority is high school football."

Do you have any sense as to where he's leaning?

"It’s Kenny’s call. There's pros and cons with both. It's nice being close to home and having a chance to play for Maryland. He could become a household name for the University of Maryland. At the same time, Florida is big-time. There’s lots of glitz and glamour with playing in the SEC. He could end up checking out Ohio State, too."

What does the emphasis on team over recruiting say about Tate?

"I just think that’s the kind of young man he is. He cares about his team and teammates. He doesn’t have a bad choice. He can go anywhere in the country. He's always had his priorites in order. I just think he’s following what he’s always done."

Recruiting Report programming note: For those of you that get CSTV, check out Tom Lemming's Generation Next at 7:00 p.m. tonight. I did a brief interview for the show discussing Tate's recruitment.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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