Safety Dominique Tate could very easily get caught up in his own hype if he were to let himself. That's just not who he is. The talented defensive back from Winston Salem (N.C.) Carver has speed to burn and should be a hot prospect in the Class of 2009.
At 5-foot-10, 180-pounds, Tate runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds.
"I had seven interceptions last year," Tate recalled. "I really don't know how many tackles I got or anything like that. I just play, I don't really keep track of that kind of stuff. I just try to stay humble.
"I've played offense some but I really haven't gotten that many chances at that."
With his speed and sheer athleticism it's no wonder schools are already showing interest in Tate. He's not letting it get to him though.
"I'll say that I'm taking a big interest in Wake Forest right about now," he said. "As far as people looking at me, Tennessee sends me letters pretty heavily, but I wouldn't really wouldn't classify that as looking at me too hard. I don't want to go over the top with anything. I'm just trying to stay to myself."
Tate said he plans on camping at Wake Forest and possibly North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
What is he looking for in a school?
"First I would look for the academics and see if they have my major, engineering. That's what I'll look for first, then maybe playing time."