After helping his team win the Division I state championship last March, Pickerington Central boys basketball player Jae'Sean Tate told ThisWeekSPORTS.com that he was just "very, very happy" and that it "was my dream."
It was only the beginning of a memorable few months for the 6-foot-5 young star, considering that according to various reports the junior verbally committed to play for Ohio State on Nov. 19.
Unless something dramatically changes over the next four months, Tate likely will become the first player from central Ohio in November of 2013 to sign with the Buckeyes since Northland's Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon signed there in November of 2009.
There have been some other Big Ten recruits to come through the area like Westerville South's Traevon Jackson (Wisconsin), Northland's Trey Burke (Michigan) and Pickerington Central's Caris LeVert (Michigan), but he's the first OSU recruit in a few years.
Tate got overshadowed a bit last year because LeVert was such a great player, and the Tigers also had Taco Charlton and Javon Bess, but this will be Tate's show this fall. LeVert graduated and Bess transferred to Gahanna, where he attended throughout his childhood before going to Central the last two years.
Tate averaged 12 points and made second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district last season but those numbers should increase this winter.
He's ranked No. 43 according to ESPN from the 2014 class at small forward. At 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, it wouldn't hurt him to put on a few pounds over the next year-and-a-half, but he's got the slashing ability to be a nice addition to Ohio State.
The Buckeyes have a small 2013 recruiting class, so it's vital that they strike it big with Tate's class.
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