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Tate Says Maryland Felt Like "The Place For Me"

After narrowing his college choices to Maryland and Illinois, DeMatha two-time All-Met wide receiver Kenny Tate said there was not much difference between the two teams and what they offered.

"It was just all the same," DeMatha's two-time All-Met wide receiver said. "It was which one I felt was the best. One felt more the place for me."

And that school, Tate said, was Maryland. After listening to this tennis player endlessly plug Tate's announcement, Tate came on the set and certainly looked nervous as he delivered the news, (brief note to Kenny: University of Maryland, not Maryland University) before breaking into a big smile as he doffed a red Maryland hat.

Tate, who is 6 feet 4 and 215 pounds, was generally considered the Washington area's best player this past season, despite not being among the statistical leaders, with 32 catches for 489 yards and six touchdowns.

"I think it's a great choice," said DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor, looking spiffy in a tie and sportcoat as he prepared to drive Tate to the television studios for the show. "He's a local guy staying home. I think the opportunities he has at Maryland are absolutely fantastic.

"The one person Kenny's mother got close to during the process, and Kenny got close to, was [Maryland defensive coordinator Chris] Cosh. He did a great job recruiting Kenny and staying close to the family."

By Josh Barr  | January 31, 2008; 5:59 PM ET
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Wow. You couldn't have posted this AFTER he made his decision public?

Posted by: MDFan | January 31, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Holy hell, MD finally kept a blue chipper in-state.

Posted by: Aaron | January 31, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

YEAH 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We're all proud of you man!

Posted by: Rick H. | January 31, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I thought this was supposed to be on WPL? Way to post 90 minutes early Josh, JERK

Posted by: Dan | January 31, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Good reporting, Josh.
Go Terps!

Posted by: scott | January 31, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Hallelujah! A DeMatha recruit in something else than basketball. I missed WPL, did Kenny make it dramatic like put on a hat without telling anyone, or did he just say Maryland?

Posted by: ethan w. | January 31, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Sha Nay Nay | January 31, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Josh, I got news for you. If you are from the Washington DC area, grew up here in the '60s, graduated from UM, you grew up saying Maryland University. "Hey, remember Bob Avelini from Maryland University?"

Posted by: 6th and D | January 31, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Before my time, 6th & D. Not a big deal either way, but you'd think kids would get it right. I'm sure folks also remember Derrick Williams saying University of Penn State, leading to the "What can brown do for you" jokes.

Posted by: josh barr | January 31, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, 6th & D, that's a perfect testament to the stricter admission standards at the University of Maryland over the past 40 years (both my parents also attended UMD in the early 70s, and they echo that sentiment). ZZZZZZzing!

Posted by: '05 Maryland Grad | January 31, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

'05 Maryland Grad

I am proud of you. Graduating from the University of Maryland now is a truely significant accomplishment. As your parents can obviously testify, we more than likely couldn't get jobs as janitors at the "new" UM. To get into Maryland, we needed 2 things; a pulse and a check!

I love the way Ralph has raised graduation rates for the football team. Gary needs to follow suit with the hoopsters!

Raise High the Black and Gold! And Josh, keep up the great work.

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