In order for football programs to build proper relationships with players who they hope to sign in the future, offers are being doled out earlier and earlier each recruiting cycle. Offensive tackle Marcus Tate will not graduate from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School until 2021, but already holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Miami.
To help sort out where each of those programs stand with him, he has been active in visiting various college campuses, including taking in Florida’s Jr. Day this past weekend.
Though he consciously noted that narrowing down schools is difficult for someone his age, Tate told Inside the Gators that his Florida visit gave him important insight into how the Gators’ football program is run.
“It was cool. It was a real blessing to go there with other top people in the country who [UF is] also recruiting,” Tate said. “I got to see everything that they have. I liked seeing Coach [John] Hevesy teach the guys. I was trying to take it all in.”
Hevesy offered and signed seven offensive line recruits during the 2019 cycle, so he is not afraid to offer a kid and go after him hard. The fact that Hevesy took time out during Jr. Day, which was centered around a spring practice, to meet with the sophomore, is something the four-star prospect appreciated.
“Coach Hevesy loves me as a player and he wants to build a relationship.”
The 6-foot-5, 326-pounder said that he definitely plans to return to Gainesville. Besides the inevitable relationship-building with Hevesy, Tate has also made friends with some future Gators who he said he spent a lot of time with that Junior Day.
“I know most of the 2021 commits like Kamar Wilcoxson and George Jackson. I like Bryce [Langston] and Trevonte [Rucker] too but I just didn’t get to see them. I would like to come back so I can get more one-on-one time with Coach Hevesy and see what he can teach me.”
Tate does not have a date set for a return to Florida, nor does he have any specific dates set for any other schools either. While he said he does not yet have a list of top schools that he plans to put more emphasis on yet, Tate did say he was enjoying the process.
“My recruitment has been going good and it’s just a blessing. I thank God for that. I’m so young but I just keep working and try to stay as humble as can be.”