USC working hard for Tampa receiver

April 16, 2014 

WR Auden Tate (6-4 200) of Tampa is a target of Clemson and USC along with several others. He began his football career at Dutch Fork before moving to Tampa after his freshman season and he hasn't forgotten is roots. Both the Tigers and Gamecocks are high up on his list.

"South Carolina and Clemson, I liked them a lot when I was there," Tate said. "South Carolina throws the ball a lot and they are in the SEC, and that's appealing. Clemson's offense is very wide open and I like that a lot. They throw the ball around and are a big play team. South Carolina is one of my favorites because I'm from there. And Clemson also is up there as well.

Tate is expecting coaches to scout him in May during his spring practice. He's not narrowed his list and will take more visits including USC and Clemson. He has been to South Florida, Florida State, Central Florida and Florida. He also plans to visit Miami.

Tate said Kentucky and Miami have been recruiting him the hardest and he's talked the most with recruiters from those two. He has offers from Clemson, USC, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Penn State, Vanderbilt, South Florida, Central Florida, Nebraska, Ohio State and Kentucky.

He does not have favorites at this point. "I don't know yet," Tate said. "It's hard to decide right now."

Last season Tate had 48 catches for 815 yards and 5 touchdowns.

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