October 9, 2012

Wyoming follows pipeline to Tate

Federal Way, Washington is becoming something of a pipeline school for the Wyoming football team and the coaching staff is hoping that continues through the recruitment of Mike Tate.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide receiver hails from the same football program as current Cowboys, DJ May and Uso Olive. While the good news is that means Tate has some understanding of the Cowboys program, the Federal Way flier said he is his own man when it comes to this decision.

"I love DJ and Uso, but what they say doesn't help or go against my decision on Wyoming," Tate said. "I'm going to look through each school and the qualities I like in each of them because not any college will have everything I am looking for. I do know I have been hearing good things about how DJ and Uso are liking it down there though."

Tate came into the recruiting season with some lukewarm interest from colleges after he caught 16 passes for roughly 320 yards a year ago. However, a strong camp circuit has led to scholarship offers from Wyoming, Portland State, Montana, Montana State, Eastern Washington and Idaho.

"Last summer I went to a lot of combines and camps and I feel like that really helped my recruiting a lot," Tate said. "(College) coaches really like my aggressiveness and my ability to block," Tate said. "They say my speed is really good and my routes have gotten better over the summer."

Tate said he has been hand-timed at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Tate said he is concentrating on his high school season currently and said he is going to take his recruitment slow, likely offering a commitment to a school sometime in Jan. He said Wyoming Defensive Coordinator Chris Tormey is calling him as much as anyone.

"For now I am getting calls from Coach Tormey," Tate said. "He is talking to me about how my season is going and how the school year is going.

"I haven't looked into detail on any of the schools that have offered me," Tate said. "Right now most of the schools I am talking to are just waiting until the season is over to get me on-campus for a visit. I do plan on visiting Wyoming and seeing how that goes."

Tate is offering a very realistic view of his college search saying he wasn't looking for a particular offensive system to play in because he doesn't necessarily see himself playing in the NFL.

"I just want to go to school, get my degree and play the sport I love," he said. "I am looking for a feeling of (a college) being like home. I mean, every coach is going to tell you that, but at some places you can just feel it."

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