December 1, 2008

Tennessee running back looking forward to visit

Tennessee running back Wesley Tate has made a visit to West Lafayette before, but he's looking forward to this one even more so.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, who lists offers from Purdue, Stanford and Vanderbilt, among others, will take his first official visit this weekend, getting a closer look at the Boilermakers.

"I think I'll be able to tour the campus a little bit more," said Tate, who was an unofficial visitor for Purdue's home win over Notre Dame in 2007. "I didn't really get to see it before, just what I saw on my walk to the football stadium. But I'm looking forward to seeing more and more of the campus and the football facilities as well."

Tate, who plans to concentrate on pre-medicine or business in college, says he'll have plenty to talk about during his trip. Some of his questions, though, could get answered the night before, as running backs coach Joel Thomas is expected for an in-home visit Thursday.

"I'll probably ask some football questions," he said, "such as depth at my position, things like that.

"I'll probably be looking too at what the town is like. That's probably not the most important thing, but it's up there because I want to be able to enjoy myself while I'm in college.

"I want to get some perspective on the school too, how (players) feel about it, what they like and what they don't like."

During his senior season at Pope John Paul II, Tate rushed for more than 1,300 yards and nearly 20 touchdowns, although his team finished only 3-7. He's playing basketball now, before the track season this spring, during which he'll try to defend his state championship in the 100-meter dash. Tate, who has run a 10.8 in the 100 and a 4.5 in the 40, is also a back-to-back runner-up finisher in the 200.

With such a busy slate, Tate's found it difficult to schedule official visits, meaning he's likely to carry his recruitment into 2009.

"I'm just trying to set up more visits, things like that," he said. "I just got my (senior) highlight tape done, so I'll be sending that out as soon as possible."

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