Newark (Md.) Snow Hill running back Benjamin Tate recently took a visit to Virginia Tech and received yet another new offer in the mail, this one from Boston College. How does the back like the Hokies and Eagles?
"It was alright, they have nice facilities and the coaches are alright, I had a nice time," he said. "I didn't get to see too much, but we did see a scrimmage and that's about it.
"I talked to the running backs coach and I didn't get to see what kind of person he was because there were so many kids there. The coaches also stated that they didn't think they have offered any running backs yet, but I see on the internet that they have. I'd say I'm not too interested in them now. The visit didn't hurt them, they didn't really move at all."
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Who leads for Tate then?
"I would say I'm interested in Maryland, Auburn, Virginia, Georgia, Penn State, North Carolina, Miami, Boston College and LSU from what I can think of."
The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder just received an offer from one of those schools last week.
"I just got an offer from Boston College," he said. "I'm really surprised by the offer because they talked to my coach at Snow Hill, but I haven't talked to them at all."
What does he think about the Eagles?
"I don't know anything about them yet," he said. "I know they had a pretty good season and ranked in the top 25 and also they just entered the ACC. That makes them more attractive and more competitive."
Currently, Tate is training and running track in preparation for upcoming combines including the Penn State Nike Camp and the Elite College Combine in East Rutherford, N.J.
"I'm running track and lifting weights," he said. "We had our first meet last week and I got second in track. I also ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash in training, but I tweaked my hamstring. I'm doing therapy and it's getting better already, I don't think it will be a problem for the combines."
One surprise coming from Tate is that he's considering graduating early to attend college in the spring of 2006.
"I want to do it to just get prepared more for football and be able to take in spring practice," he said. "I want to learn the offense more and get a whole step ahead of everybody else coming in. A lot of the schools think it's great and they want me to do it. All I need is one class and then I'll have enough, but I'll probably know by the end of the school year if I'm going to graduate early."
Tate is planning to attend the summer camp at Auburn and maybe one other camp.
Last season, the running back prospect ran for 2,886 yards and 41 touchdowns as he was named first team all-conference at running back, second team all-conference at safety, offensive MVP for the conference and first team all-state.