In a recruiting campaign that has seen Texas A&M be more aggressive in seeking early commitments than ever before, the Aggies have now reached even further into the high school ranks. The Aggies received an oral commitment from one of the state’s top high school juniors earlier this month.
Quarterback Drew Tate, a 6-foot, 175-pound quarterback, pledged to Texas A&M.
Tate, who has started for Baytown (Texas) Lee since his freshman season, has passed 690 yards this season, completing 53 of his 79 attempts. Lee is off to a 2-0 start this year.
“I got a Fed-Ex package in the mail before we had even played a game,” Tate explained. “At first, I thought it was just them inviting me to their camp or something. But when I opened it up, it had a letter in there and it said that they wanted to offer me a scholarship.”
Tate says he was a little bit awestruck, as was his father, Baytown Lee head coach Dick Olin.
“I called A&M up and I said, ‘Is this for real?,’ ” Olin joked. “We really couldn’t believe it.”
Tate felt the same way.
“I was flattered,” he said. “So my dad and I got on a call together that following Tuesday with Coach (R.C.) Slocum and that’s when I told him that I was committing.”
Tate follows in the footsteps of three former Baytown Lee signal-callers who each signed college scholarships after being mentored by Olin. Those three are Jermaine Alfred (Baylor), Clint Stoerner (Arkansas) and Ell Roberson (Kansas State).
Tate is a veteran of 7-on-7 passing tournaments and led his team to the FoxSports Net 7-on-7 State Championship earlier this summer.