Five-Star 2023 Wide Receiver Carnell Tate Commits to Ohio State

By Garrick Hodge on June 20, 2022 at 1:01 pm
Carnell Tate

Brian Hartline has done it again.

Ohio State has bolstered its 2023 class by adding yet 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 out of IMG Academy, Tate is the No. 3 receiver and No. 28 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class, per 247Sports' composite rankings.

The Tate File

  • Class: 2023
  • Size: 6-2/185
  • Pos: WR
  • School: IMG (Bradenton, FL)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★★★
  • Composite Rank: 28 (3 WR)

Tate becomes the 12th wide receiver ranked in the top 100 nationally to sign or commit to the Buckeyes in the past 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 rich history at the receiver position, and now Tate gets to create his own legacy at what he calls his “dream school.”

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

Pos Name Rating Rank Size School
WR CARNELL TATE ★★★★★ #28 NATL | #3 WR 6-2 | 185 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)
OT LUKE MONTGOMERY ★★★★ #42 NATL | #4 OT 6-5 | 280 Findlay (Findlay, OH)
CB DIJON JOHNSON ★★★★ #95 NATL | #11 CB 6-1 | 190 Wharton (Tampa, FL)
TE TY LOCKWOOD ★★★★ #131 NATL | #8 TE 6-5 | 225 Independence (Thompson's Station, TN)
S MALIK HARTFORD ★★★★ #149 NATL | #8 S 6-2.5 | 175 Lakota West (West Chester, OH)
IOL JOSHUA PADILLA ★★★★ #180 NATL | #8 IOL 6-4 | 265 Wayne (Dayton, OH)
S CEDRICK HAWKINS ★★★★ #210 NATL | #14 S 6-0 | 175 Cocoa (Cocoa, FL)
RB MARK FLETCHER ★★★★ #219 NATL | #10 RB 6-1 | 225 American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
OL AUSTIN SIEREVELD ★★★★ #222 NATL | #9 IOL 6-5 | 320 Lakota East (Middletown, OH)
WR BRYSON RODGERS ★★★★ #270 NATL | #32 WR 6-0.5 | 175 Wiregrass Ranch (Zephyrhills, FL)
DL WILL SMITH JR. ★★★ #451 NATL | #55 DL 6-3 | 260 Dublin Coffman (Dublin, OH)
Prospect Rating Data: 247Sports

Tate, who grew up in Chicago but transferred to IMG Academy in Florida after his freshman year, played two games in the state of Ohio last season and picked up a pair of wins. One of those 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 soon-to-be new fan base by throwing up an O-H signal into the air. 

Tate took a game visit to Ohio State on Oct. 30 against Penn State, then returned a few weeks later for the Buckeyes' contest against Michigan State. In addition to Hartline, Tate built a strong relationship with Ryan Day.

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

OSU pried Tate away from Tennessee, who some in the recruiting industry thought surged ahead late in Tate's recruitment. In the end, Tate valued his longstanding relationships with OSU and Hartline, along with being developed at Ohio State, over what Tennessee had to offer.

The Buckeyes also bested Notre Dame, who was neck-and-neck with the Buckeyes for the majority of Tate's recruiting process before the Vols took over as OSU's primary challenger for the 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 his 7-on-7 teammate, Brandon Inniss, the No. 2-ranked wide receiver in the class. Hartline and Ohio State will now their sights set on securing Inniss’ commitment and bringing both members of the dynamic duo to Columbus.

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