DeMatha's Tate Ready to Say 'Terps Football'

By Josh Barr
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 31, 2008

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, 180-pound 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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