November 19, 2012

Matta strikes again in '14 with Tate

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Thad Matta is on a roll with the class of 2014, two days have passed and two commits are not in the fold as Pickerington (Ohio) North high school forward Jae'Sean Tate gave his pledge to the Buckeyes on Monday after the Bucks picked up a commit from Keita Bates-Diop on Sunday. confirmed the commitment with a family friend late on Monday night.

The 6-foot-5, 200 pound small forward is the son of former Buckeyes Jermaine Tate and picked up an Ohio State offer in July of 2012.

Tate held offers from Dayton, Iowa, Michigan, Purdue and Xavier but ultimately opted to stay close to home with the Buckeyes. After picking up the Ohio State offer it was believed that Tate could be a candidate for an early commitment but he wasn't sure if he was looking to move quickly on a decision or take his time.

The newest Buckeye commit admitted in an earlier interview that early playing time would be a deciding factor and players like Deshaun Thomas (could leave after this season), Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith, Jr. will all be out of eligibility by the time the class of 2014 sets foot on campus.

"I really just want to go to a school where I can come in and play," Tate said in a July interview with "I don't want to really go to a school where I am going to have to sit a couple of years and wait to play. I also want to find a coach that can teach me things to work on with my strengths and weaknesses so we can win games."

Tate admitted that he watched Ohio State as a young child and had dreams about playing for the Buckeyes.

"Living in Pickerington, we grew up watching Ohio State basketball and I think it is every little kid's dream when he is little to want to play for them," Tate added in his July interview. "Of course Ohio State has been a big player in our family and I have always been watching. It is just great to fulfill one of those dreams."

We will have more on this breaking news coming soon.


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