For DeMatha star Kenny Tate, the biggest decision of a lifetime came down to a few primary factors –…
The Family Man: Kenny Tate
That last part cannot be overlooked. Tate is quite close to his parents, Kenneth and Michelle, as well as his little brother Christian and his teammates at the Hyattsville powerhouse DeMatha. Family is the most important thing is his life, so once he also felt at home at Maryland, there was little chance he'd go anywhere else.
"He's close enough that he can come back and get a smile from mom or a pat on the back from dad if he needs it," McGregor said. "Had he gone to Illinois, that would be pretty far away, and you'd have airfare, renting a car, hotels. That's a lot of expenses."
That's not to say he chose Maryland by default. Defensive coordinator Chris Cosh worked long and hard to form a great bond with the 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior, one that paid off when Tate donned a Terps hat on local TV last week.
"He was with Kenny all along the way, and his mother really liked Coach Cosh as well," McGregor said. "That was a big reason why he went to Maryland."
In Tate, Maryland is getting a player whom McGregor regards among the best of the 300-plus who have earned college scholarships during his tenure at the school. Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, Penn State, Tennessee and many others would have loved to have him signing with their respective schools today.
"I don't think I've ever had a kid as highly recruited as Kenny," McGregor said.
His commitment could pay further dividends on the recruiting trail.
"I think it send a message to D.C.-area recruits that a boy as highly recruited as anyone is committing to Maryland. I think it'll make them think, why not stay at home and play for coach Friedgen and the University of Maryland."
Cosh isn't unaware of that effect. He called McGregor yesterday, trying to find out who his best players in 2009 would be.
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