Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy wide receiver Cornell Tate announced his verbal commitment to Ohio State on Monday.
Tate, a 247Sports Composite five-star, chooses the Buckeyes over Tennessee, Notre Dame, LSU, Alabama, Georgia and more.
Although the 247Sports Crystal Ball was all Buckeyes, they did have to hold off strong challenges from those schools, particularly Tennessee, who had come on strong the last several months.
Wide receivers coach Brian Hartline had a lot to do with it.
“I’m picking Ohio State because I have a great relationship with the coaches that I’ve had since day one,” Tate said. “They’ve been recruiting me since I was a sophomore and I was talking to them for quite a long time. I also believe in Coach Hartline and what he does. He’s capable of developing me into a great receiver.”
Head coach Ryan Day’s offensive mind and the Buckeyes’ NFL development at the position also played big roles in his choice.
“Also with Coach Day calling plays he would put me in the best position to flourish and make plays. I know that he will set me up to be in a great position to go first round of the draft,” Tate said.
The early relationship was built upon and through multiple visits to multiple schools, Tate and his family, who was by his side for the process, all felt good about Ohio State and the staff.
“Coach Hartline, Coach Bailey, and Coach Day all made me feel very comfortable in picking the Buckeyes,” Tate said. “They build a great relationship with my parents and allow my parents to trust them throughout the process.”
The Buckeyes now have 11 commitments in their 2023 class. His addition will move them from 8th in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings all the way up to No. 2 (behind Notre Dame).
It will also move them to the top current class in the Big Ten, leap-frogging them over Northwestern and Penn State.
Tate is the No. 3 wide receiver in the 2023 class per the 247Sports Composite. 247Sports has him No. 2.
He will play in January’s All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
247Sports Scouting Report (courtesy of Andrew Ivins)
The type of wide receiver that always seems to be open. Creates plenty of separation at the line of scrimmage and is able to beat both zone and man coverage once underway. Superb body control and large 10-inch hands allow him to make extremely difficult catches look relatively easy. Competitive not only at the catch point, but also once the ball is in his hands as he will fight to pick up additional yardage. Owns a rather slender build now, but should eventually carry 195 pounds or more. Has experience working both inside and outside. Shifty enough in the open field to be featured as a return man, as well. Started prep career off in Chicago before transferring into IMG Academy. Instantly became a top target for the defending national champions and scored touchdown after touchdown as a junior. Has posted impressive numbers before in both the short shuttle and vertical jump. Might not be a 4.4 guy on the stopwatch, but likely to only get more explosive once frequenting a college weight room. Should be viewed as one of the top pass catchers in a deep 2023 wide receiver class and a potential all-conference type of player for a Top 25 program. Ability to consistently shake defenders and generate big plays will eventually have him on the radar of NFL scouts.