Golden Tate’s NFL future could be decided as early as Friday according to the star junior wide receiver on Monday. While talking about the firing of head coach Charlie Weis, Tate said that he plans to meet with his now former head coach on Friday to discuss his decision of whether or not to return for his senior season.
“Coach Weis and I will have a meeting on Friday to talk about the possibilities, along with my family and I’m sure I’ll involve Coach (Rob) Ianello with that as well.” Tate said when asked about his NFL plans.
Heading into the season some felt Tate would potentially have a chance to leave for the NFL, but few could have predicted the record breaking season Tate ended up having. Tate set Notre Dame single season records with 93 catches and 1,496 yards in 2009 and tied Jeff Samardzija and Rhema McKnight’s single season record of 15 receiving touchdowns. Throw in another two rushing touchdowns and third via punt return and you can see why Tate has a decision to make.
Charlie Weis’s dismissal as the head coach at Notre Dame will have an impact on Tate’s decision. “It could impact it both ways. We’re are going to talk Friday, along with my family, and see what’s best for me and my family. ”
Tate also told Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune that had Charlie Weis been back in South Bend in 2010, he would have been more likely to stay for his senior year.
“I don’t know if it would have guaranteed it,” Tate said. “It wouldn’t have guaranteed it, but I think I would have been leaning more on coming back. At this point, what Jimmy (Clausen) does is very important on my decision. The coaching change is very important on my decision. So I don’t know.”
As for Jimmy Clausen’s decision, Tate said he wasn’t sure of his quarterback’s plan, but that he would discuss that with Clausen on Friday along with Weis.
Most people have felt that Clausen’s decision was made a long time ago and that he was NFL bound. Reports of Clausen handing his helmet to his brother in the tunnel of Stanford Stadium after Saturday’s loss in Palo Alto seem to back that theory up as well.
Tate’s decision, however, has been more widely debated as he hasn’t given too many clues of his intentions to this point. His draft status is a bit uncertain as well. Some scouts rated Tate very highly while others have concerns about Tate’s size and how it could impact his success on the NFL level.
There are other areas where Tate could use improvement before reaching the NFL level as well such as route running, but if the main concerns among scouts are to his size, coming back for his senior year won’t do anything to ease those them.
Over the last three years Tate has transformed from a high school running back into one of the most explosive playmakers ever to step foot into the House that Rockne built for the Fighting Irish. He’s become a dynamic playmaker that is a threat to take any play the distance and would certainly be a welcomed addition to the 2010 team whoever the coach ends up being.