Tate Headlines DeMatha’s Talented Class

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DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) head coach Bill McGregor has a group of rising seniors certainly capable of continuing the success his team enjoyed this past season. From a team that went 12-0, finished #1 in the DC area and 10th in the country, and captured the WCAC Championship, McGregor returns eight offensive starters and seven defensive starters.

“We had a real good senior class, but we have a real good junior class coming up,” said McGregor. “We only trailed in one ball game. We had good team chemistry. We played well together. All three fascets worked pretty well towards our advantage.”

Leading DeMatha’s 2008 class is 6-4, 215-pound Kenny Tate . Tate, considered one of the top recruits in the country in the 2008 class, is a do-everything player for the Stags (though he primarily played wide receiver this past season).

“He was our go-to-guy this year and the latter part of last year,” McGregor said. “He’s just so versatile. He’s about 6-3 or 6-4, 215 pounds. He has played wide receiver, running back, cornerback, safety, and he returns kick and punts. He is the type of player who has the ability to score every time he touches the ball.”

Tate, who scored touchdowns in four different ways (six receiving, two punt returns, one kick return and one rushing), has a knack for making big plays look easy. He finished the season with 17 receptions for 365 yards and added 362 yards rushing.

“He’s almost as fast as he wants to be,” McGregor said. “He is a great athlete. He starts for the varsity basketball team. He hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer the other night. He’s just a great athlete and the type of kid you know will make something happen if you get him the ball.”

College coaches have taken notice.

“He can go basically anywhere in the country,” McGregor said. “Florida, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Syracuse, Illinois, Penn State, Michigan, Boston College, Virginia…he has a lot of offers. And the great thing about him is that you’d never know he is a star.”

Tate is being recruited primarily as an athlete because of his size, athleticism and versatility.

McGregor believes his star is open to all schools right