Nicknamed "The Beast" by people who have seen him play, Tate, a 6-foot-5 forward, garnered offers after an impressive July from schools all over Big Ten country. With that said, having a father who was a Buckeye and also living in the city of Columbus, the lure of Ohio State proved to be too much for any other school to overcome.
"Me and my family talked about making this decision in January, but I knew where I wanted to go, so I felt like no need to wait any longer and be a Buckeye," said Tate.
He continued, "When all of those other schools offered it was great, especially Michigan," Tate explained. "For the first couple of weeks I was going back and forth, but when Coach (Thad) Matta called, out of all the schools it was just something, and I just knew."
According to Tate who followed the Buckeyes and lives only minutes from the campus, this is a bit of a dream come true.
"It's every Ohio boy's dream to play at the Schott," he said. "That is just how it is. I thank god for giving me the chance to go in my father's footsteps."
On Sunday Ohio State landed a pledge from Keita Bates-Diop, and Tate thinks the two of them combined with some others could lead the Buckeyes deep in March.
"I haven't talked to them much about (Bates-Diop), but I have seen him play and I know he is a good shooter and he can help us out," said Tate. "Coach said that with my toughness and the way he and Marc (Loving) play with we get a guard and center we will make a run in 2014."
Tate is the No. 48 ranked prospect in the 2014 class and the second commitment in what should be a large class for the Buckeyes.