Pass on Golden Tate at own risk, says HS coach
Pope John Paul II High School coach Jeff Brothers has a strong message for all of the NFL scouts worried about the size and speed of wide receiver prospect Golden Tate.
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It’s hard to argue with Tate’s production for the Irish last season: 93 receptions for 1,496 yards and 15 touchdowns. He added an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown. And consider this: Notre Dame played without its other starting wide receiver, Michael Floyd, for five games after he was injured against Michigan State. That meant defenses were free to concentrate on Tate, and still no one could stop him. During Floyd’s absence Tate had 37 receptions for 626 yards and six touchdowns. That’s a nice season for most college receivers.
Whether or not his 40-yard dash time at the draft combine meets with the approval of the NFL cognoscenti, Brothers believes Tate will have little trouble at the next level.
“Golden is a VERY hard worker,” Brothers said. “He has obvious talent, but he works harder than anybody else to develop it. He has the strongest/surest hands I have ever seen and outstanding vision when he’s running with the ball. He can change directions at full speed, too. All of that in one guy is pretty rare.”
Not to mention the fact he’s grounded and well-rounded, not the type who ever is going to bring embarrassment to his team.
“He’s as good a kid as you’ll find,” Brothers said. “We used Golden everywhere.
“All of the amazing catches he has made the last few years are just repeats of the ones he made for us. His high school highlight film is full of that stuff. Tailback, receiver, kick returner, punt returner, punter, quarterback, defensive back. He even lined up at scout team guard when we needed one.”