2023 five-star receiver Carnell Tate commits to Ohio State

Brian Hartline has done it again.

Ohio State bolstered its 2023 class by adding another top-100 wide receiver as five-star receiver Carnell Tate announced his commitment to the Buckeyes on Monday.

A 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver from IMG Academy, Tate is the No. 3 wide receiver and No. 28 player overall in the 2023 recruiting class, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

The Tate Folder

  • To classify: 2023
  • Cut: 6-2/185
  • Pos: WR
  • School: IMG (Bradenton, Florida)
  • Composite rating: ★★★★★
  • Composite ranking: 28 (3WR)

Tate becomes the 12th-ranked receiver in the top 100 nationally to sign or commit to the Buckeyes in the last five recruiting cycles. Ohio State has now signed or received a commitment from a top 100 wide receiver in every recruiting class since 2016.

The Buckeyes have a storied history at receiver, and now Tate can create his own legacy at what he calls his “dream school.”

“All my life I’ve wanted to go to Ohio State,” Tate said Eleven Warriors last April. “I grew up as a Buckeye fan. It meant everything to me to get my dream school. My dreams are coming true.

Pos

Last name

Evaluation

Rank

Cut

School

WR

CARNEL TATE

★★★★★

#28 NATL | #3 WR

6-2 | 185

IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)

TO

LUC MONTGOMERY

★★★★

#42 NATL | #4 OT

6-5 | 280

Findlay (Findlay, Ohio)

BC

DIJON-JOHNSON

★★★★

#95 NATL | #11 CB

6-1 | 190

Wharton (Tampa, Florida)

AND

TY LOCKWOOD

★★★★

#131 NATL | #8 AND

6-5 | 225

Independence (Thompson’s Station, TN)

S

MALIK HARTFORD

★★★★

#149 NATL | #8S

6-2.5 | 175

West Lakota (West Chester, Ohio)

IOLs

JOSHUA PADILLA

★★★★

#180 NATL | #8 IOL

6-4 | 265

Wayne (Dayton, Ohio)

S

Cedrick Hawkins

★★★★

#210 NATL | #14S

6-0 | 175

Cocoa (Cocoa, FL)

RB

FLETHER BRAND

★★★★

#219 NATL | #10 RB

6-1 | 225

American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

LO

AUSTIN SIEREVELD

★★★★

#222 NATL | #9 IOL

6-5 | 320

East Lakota (Middletown, Ohio)

WR

BRYSON RODGERS

★★★★

#270 NATL | #32 WR

6-0.5 | 175

Wiregrass Ranch (Zephyrhills, Florida)

DL

WILL SMITH JR.

★★★

#451 NATL | #55 DL

6-3 | 260

Dublin Coffman (Dublin, Ohio)

Prospect evaluation data: 247Sports

Tate, who grew up in Chicago but transferred to IMG Academy in Florida after freshman year, played two games at Ohio State last season and had two wins. One of them came against La Salle, while the other came against the now infamous Bishop Sycamore. Tate caught a touchdown in both contests and made an impression on his future new fan base by throwing an OH signal into the air.

Tate made a game visit to Ohio State on October 30 against Penn State, then returned a few weeks later for the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan State. In addition to Hartline, Tate has built a solid relationship with Ryan Day.

“He really wants me to be a Buckeye,” Tate said Eleven Warriors in August.

OSU pulled Tate away from Tennessee, who some in the recruiting industry say got ahead of Tate’s recruiting end. Ultimately, Tate valued his longstanding relationships with OSU and Hartline, as well as his development at Ohio State, over what Tennessee had to offer.

The Buckeyes also beat Notre Dame, who were neck and neck with the Buckeyes for the majority of Tate’s recruiting process before the Vols took over as OSU’s main challenger for five-star talent.

Tate is Ohio State’s 11th commitment in the 2023 class. He is the second wide receiver to commit to Ohio State in the 2023 class, with Bryson Rodgers being the other.

Tate last visited Columbus in early April with 7-for-7 teammate Brandon Inniss, the No. 2-ranked wide receiver in the class. Hartline and Ohio State will now aim to secure Inniss’ commitment and bring the two members of the dynamic duo to Columbus.

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