Rich Rodriguez has a reputation as one of the best offensive minds in college football and he just might have his quarterback of the future in Khalil Tate. Hailing from Junipero Serra High School (Serra, CA), Tate is ranked as the No. 15 dual-threat quarterback in the nation.
Despite being one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation, Tate was recruited by many schools as an athlete. With offers from Florida State, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and Utah, among others, Tate ended his recruitment process when he committed to Arizona as a quarterback on March 15th.
Since his commitment, he's visited the campus each of the past two weekends.
Unofficial visit to my future home Arizona #BearDown pic.twitter.com/oxFi3r4lOh— #KhalilTate (@KhalilDTN) March 24, 2015
Arizona has been going after some high profile guys this spring for 2016 and has a pretty solid chance at landing a few. With game changers like Khalil Tate and Justin Holt holding down the class, Arizona seems like an even more attractive situation. It's very early in the recruiting process, and we can expect to see Tate soar through the recruiting ranks come his senior season.
It's hard not to compare Tate with Pat White at West Virginia and Denard Robinson at Michigan, who both had great success under Rich Rodriguez. But aside from his ability to escape the pocket, Tate has a solid frame at 6-2 203lbs to sustain some hits.
This could be the quarterback Rich Rodriguez has been longing for in his system at Arizona. Anu Solomon definitely fits the mold and has proven to be a winner, but Khalil Tate is an absolute freak of an athlete. Given Anu's state after his redshirt sophomore season, it wouldn't be surprising to see Tate compete for the starting job as a true freshman. His junior year highlights are below.