Rivals100 running back Benjamin Tate will not be taking his official visit this weekend to Maryland. The Newark (Md.) Snow Hill prospect has delayed the visit, but when does he plan to take it?
"I'm not going to go this weekend, but I'm going next week on the 17th," he said. "I'm waiting mainly because I want my dad to come with me. I hope to see how things are arranged there and get to know the coaches a little bit better. I also want to see them win this season, a lot more than last year and see how their young offensive line works together."
Tate is still a soft verbal commitment to Auburn. Other schools currently in the running for officials are Penn State on October 7th, Florida and North Carolina.
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"I plan to have all my visits done around October," he said. "Florida and North Carolina are both good schools and on the rise. Florida is on the way back up with a new coaching system. North Carolina has a pretty good staff and I just want to see what it's like down there."
The four-star prospect has received a handful of calls since coaches could start on September 1st.
"I've gotten calls from Florida, Auburn, Maryland, Penn State, North Carolina and Virginia," he said. "Nothing really stood out from what the coaches say, they usually just tell me about their programs and talk about what I bring to the table and their academics."
Tate kicks off the season Friday against Cambridge.
"My team and I are just taking it one game at a time to win the state championship," he said. "I only have one other goal this year and that is to get the state record for career yards which I have to get a little over 1,800. It's ok if I don't because more than that, I want to win state. I've done every other record including the city record for yards in a season, yards in a game and that would be the ultimate one."
The No. 8 running back in the country was named first team all-conference, offensive MVP in the conference and first team all-state after rushing for 2,886 yards and 41 touchdowns last season.