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February 1, 2008

Meet Kenny Tate

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Kenny Tate
Hometown: Forestville
Nicknames: Six
Height: 6’4
Weight: 215
Position: Wide receiver
High School: DeMatha
Senior statistics: 32 receptions for 489 yards and six touchdowns
Rankings: -- Four stars, No. 23 wide receiver, No. 4 player in Maryland. -- Four stars, No. 16 wide receiver.
Bench max: 250
40-yard dash: 4.49
Runner-up: Illinois
Other scholarships offered: Penn State, Florida, Ohio State
Favorite NFL player: Randy Moss
Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys
Favorite all-time Terp: Dennard Wilson
Favorite music: Aaliyah
Favorite book: Brian’s Song by William Blinn
Favorite movie: The Bodyguard
Favorite TV show: Scooby-Doo, Mickey Mouse, cartoons
Favorite food: Ribs
Favorite high school class: Sports Management
Favorite thing about College Park: “Chipotle. That’s the spot.”
Other high school sports: Basketball, Track
Hobbies: “I actually collect model cars.”
Intended major: Business
Something that not many people know about you: “At one point I didn’t like to be called Kenny, when I was younger.” (Tate’s given name is Kenneth)
Best football moment: “Winning a championship this year.”
Role model: “Probably my parents just because they work hard every day for me. I can’t even explain how much they do.”
Why Maryland? “One of course is that it’s close to home. Parents, family members and friends can come see me play. The football program is on the rise, academics are one of the best, so I can’t go wrong there.”

• Click here for video of Tate’s announcement.

• Click here for The Sun’s story on Tate’s commitment.

• Bonus quotes from Tate:

On Maryland’s strong in-state class: “I think that’s a good thing because most people like to get away, but when you’re in-state everybody knows you, you went to school with probably a lot of people that are going to attend the same school. All your friends are still there. Most of us know each other, played together or against each other, so it’s a good thing.”

On how it feels to make his commitment: “It feels great now. I wouldn’t say I’m glad it's over, but I’m glad I found a home.”

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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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