5-Star WR Carnell Tate Picks Ohio State

5-Star WR Carnell Tate Picks Ohio State

Bradenton, Fla. IMG Academy wide receiver Carnell Tate announced his verbal commitment to Ohio State on Monday.

Tate, a five-star 247Sports Composite, picks the Buckeyes over Tennessee, Notre Dame, LSU, Alabama, Georgia and more.

Although the 247Sports Crystal Ball were all Buckeyes, they had to withstand serious challenges from those schools, especially Tennessee, which had come out on top in recent months.

Wide Receiver Coach Brian Hartline had a lot to do with it.

“I choose 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 in second year and I’d been talking to them for quite a long time. I also believe in Coach Hartline and what he does. He is able to make me an excellent receiver.

The offensive spirit of head coach Ryan Day and the development of the Buckeyes in the NFL in this position also played a large role in his choice.

“Plus, with Coach Day calling games, it would put me in the best position to thrive and make games. I know he will put me in a great position to go into the first round of the draft,” Tate said.

The first relationship was built on and through multiple visits to several schools, Tate and his family, who were by his side during the process, all felt good about Ohio State and the staff.

“Coach Hartline, Coach Bailey and Coach Day all made me feel comfortable picking the Buckeyes,” Tate said. “They build a great relationship with my parents and allow my parents to trust them through the process.”

The Buckeyes now have 11 commitments in their 2023 class. His addition will move them from No. 8 in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings to No. 2 (behind Notre Dame).

It will also move them to the current top class in the Big Ten, moving them ahead of Northwestern and Penn State.

Tate is the No. 3 wide receiver in the 2023 class according to the 247Sports Composite. 247Sports has it #2.

He will play in the January All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

247Sports Screening Report (courtesy of Andrew Ivins)
The type of wide receiver that always seems open. Creates a lot of separation on the line of scrimmage and is able to beat both area and man coverage once underway. Superb body control and large 10-inch hands allow him to make extremely difficult grapples relatively easy. Competitive not only at the point of capture, but also once the ball is in his hands as he will battle to pick up extra yardage. Has a rather slim build now, but should eventually carry 195 pounds or more. Has work experience both indoors and outdoors. Unstable enough in the open field to be featured as a returning man as well. Started prep career in Chicago before moving to IMG Academy. He instantly became a prime target for the defending national champions and scored touchdown after touchdown as a junior. Already posted impressive numbers in both short shuttle and vertical jump. He might not be a 4.4 guy on the clock, but chances are he only gets more explosive once he hits a college weight room. Should be considered one of the best pass catchers in a deep wide receiver class of 2023 and a potential all-conference player type for a Top 25 program. His ability to consistently shake up defenders and generate big plays will eventually put him on the radar of NFL scouts.

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