DeMatha’s Tate Ready to Say ‘Terps Foot­ball’

The Washington Post - - High Schools - By Josh Barr

Two-time All-Met wide re­ceiver Kenny Tate is ex­pected to an­nounce this af­ter­noon that he will ac­cept a schol­ar­ship to play foot­ball at the Univer­sity of Mary­land, sources familiar with the sit­u­a­tion said yes­ter­day.

The re­cruit­ment of Tate has been es­pe­cially fierce, with the DeMatha High star nar­row­ing his choices to Mary­land and Illi­nois. Al­though Tate had DeMatha foot­ball coach Bill McGre­gor tell coaches from both schools that the player was not in­ter­ested in any fur­ther re­cruit­ing pitches, as­sis­tant coaches from both schools were in at­ten­dance on Tues­day night to watch Tate play for DeMatha’s bas­ket­ball team.

Tate, who is 6 feet 4 and 215 pounds, had 32 catches for 489 yards and six touch­downs this past sea­son, help­ing the Stags win their fifth con­sec­u­tive Wash­ing­ton Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship.

“I think he’s ab­so­lutely one of the best play­ers I’ve ever coached,” McGre­gor said. “What makes Kenny re­ally spe­cial is that dur­ing big games he al­ways showed up. . . . We could have thrown him the ball 100 times a game or given him the ball 20 times a game if we wanted to. That’s the great thing about DeMatha, we have a lot of fine foot­ball play­ers. But Kenny is a spe­cial, spe­cial player.”

He will an­nounce his de­ci­sion on tonight’s edi­tion of “Wash­ing­ton Post Live” at 5 p.m. on Com­cast Sport­sNet. Mak­ing his col­lege choice will end a lengthy process for Tate and his fam­ily.

“It’s like fire: It starts off cool and the longer it burns, it gets hot,” said Tate’s mother, Michelle Fields. “It’s hard. I wouldn’t want to have to deal with that again. They’re do­ing their job and they have to come visit and talk with you and visit your son and the school. It’s con­stant. But it’s al­most done.”

Mary­land al­ready has landed com­mit­ments from two All-Met play­ers this week. Quince Or­chard line­man Zach Kerr com­mit­ted to the Ter­rap­ins on Mon­day and Friendly line­backer Eteyen Edet com­mit­ted dur­ing an of­fi­cial visit to cam­pus Sun­day.

Wed­nes­day is the first day high school se­niors can for­mally ac­cept col­lege foot­ball schol­ar­ships. . . .

South Lakes wide re­ceiver Thomas Mayo has com­mit­ted to Di­vi­sion II Con­cord Univer­sity in Athens, W.Va. Mayo, a 6-2, 180pound se­nior, had 31 re­cep­tions for 546 yards and four touch­downs and recorded 25 tack­les and three in­ter­cep­tions as a de­fen­sive back this fall. He is the sec­ond Sea­hawks se­nior to ac­cept a foot­ball schol­ar­ship, fol­low­ing A.J. Price’s oral com­mit­ment to Penn State ear­lier this month.

Coach Shaken in Ac­ci­dent

Top-ranked Notre Dame Academy’s girls’ bas­ket­ball game against Na­tional Chris­tian Academy, sched­uled for last night, was post­poned af­ter Na­tional Chris­tian Coach Shelley Evans was in­volved in an au­to­mo­bile ac­ci­dent ear­lier in the af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to Na­tional Chris­tian as­sis­tant coach Pamela Hard­nett.

Evans was trav­el­ing north­bound on In­ter­state 395 at around 1:30 p.m. when she was hit from be­hind by a van, ac­cord­ing to Hard­nett. Hard­nett said Evans com­plained of knee pain and headaches and was trans­ported to Vir­ginia Hospi­tal Cen­ter in Ar­ling­ton.

“They are mi­nor in­juries but she is at the hospi­tal for X-rays,” Hard­nett said.

A makeup date has not been an­nounced.

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