Friday, February 1, 2008

DeMatha wide receiver Kenny Tate committed to Maryland last night on Comcast SportsNet, giving the Terrapins a late coup for their recruiting class in the push toward Wednesday’s national signing day.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Tate selected Maryland, which is coming off a 6-7 season and a loss in the Emerald Bowl, over Illinois and Penn State.

“The school that I will attend next year is Maryland University [sic],” Tate said on Washington Post Live. “I just thought it was the best fit for me. Going up on my visit, I really felt at home. Even though I’m a home-state kid, I still thought that was a home away from home, but I’m still close enough to be with my family.”

NCAA rules prohibit coaches from commenting on recruits until they sign a letter of intent.

While Tate might not even be the best wide receiver among Maryland’s commitments ( rates him 23rd nationally at the position, while Forestville’s Kevin Dorsey is 19th), it was a symbolic victory for the Terps simply because of the competition for Tate’s services.

Penn State often shares recruiting targets with Maryland, though besting Illinois might be even more important.

The Illini have established a talent pipeline into the D.C. area under coach Ron Zook and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, the latter a former Maryland assistant. Wide receiver Arrelious Benn, cornerback Vontae Davis and defensive end Will Davis are all area products who contributed significantly to Illinois’ Rose Bowl team last season.

Tate’s addition should bolster a class that entered the day ranked 33rd nationally by and 45th by He is the third highly regarded wide receiver to commit to Maryland, joining Dorsey and Kerry Boykins.

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