- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
Jae’Sean Tate (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) returned to Michigan last weekend, a chance to see some old friends, catch a football game at Michigan Stadium for the first time and pick up even more information for the 2014 ESPN 60 forward’s recruitment.
And the unofficial visit left him just as torn between Michigan and Ohio State.
“It changes day-to-day, you know,” Tate said. “After going to Ohio State, I loved them, going to Michigan, I loved them. I just don’t know. I have to do some thinking, working out the cons and pros before I make a decision.”
Tate rocketed up recruiting boards last summer after having a standout grassroots basketball season with All-Ohio Red. It blew up so much for Tate, the No. 46 prospect in his class decided to give up football entering his junior season just to focus on basketball.
And he also was impressed by Michigan’s star football player, Denard Robinson, too.
“When I went up there, it was to see what the football atmosphere was like,” Tate said. “I had never been to a Michigan game and got to hear the fight song and see Denard running all over the place.
“It was a fun time.”
As for when he will make a decision on his future, he just doesn’t know. He wrestles with the decision often, and he still has over a year to make it, if he so chooses.
“It could be tomorrow, it could be my senior year,” Tate said. “Just going through this whole recruiting process day-by-day.
“When it hits me, when I know the place I choose is the place I want to go I’m going to make that decision. My family, my coaches and friends are behind me the whole way with the decisions I make.”
Meanwhile, other schools continue to recruit him, including Creighton, DePaul, Iowa and West Virginia, which he said recently offered him a scholarship.
But whenever he talks about other schools, it always comes down to two.
“They were never out of the picture, but definitely Ohio State and Michigan,” Tate said. “Definitely.”