Last month, Iowa Football added a verbal commitment from Chicago defensive back John Nestor. The Marist High standout has now turned its attention to helping Hawkeye Secondary add another talented Windy City product.
Nestor works with Kenwood Academy athlete Khalil Tate. He is also working on building a team on them in the future.
“Me and John have become really good friends lately,” Tate told HN. “He constantly reminds me of all the plays we can make together.”
The Class of 2023 is scheduled to officially visit Iowa over the weekend of June 24. The Hawkeyes will host many of their current verbal commitments and top goals that weekend.
“I’m mostly looking forward to meeting some of the players on the current roster and hearing about Iowa and playing for Iowa,” Tate said.
Tate (6-1, 185) plans to officially visit Wisconsin over the weekend of June 3. He says he will also officially visit Purdue. He is still considering other trips.
Tate reports a total of 21 scholarship offers. Michigan, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisville, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State and Tennessee are among the three competing programs with schools with which they have already established executives.
The Hawkeyes hosted the Tate in early March. He also visited Illinois and Notre Dame in the spring.
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“I loved the hospitality and the way things looked, above all how they gave us raw and uncut Iowa,” Tate said of his Hawkeye stop.
Chicago-area recruiter for Iowa, Seth Wallace, along with defensive coordinator and secondary coach Phil Parker, is leading the search for the program for Tate.
“He tells me every time we say that Iowa is a place to grow and that nothing is given, everything is earned,” Tate said.
Tate projects as a corner in Iowa’s defense. He likes what he’s learning about hockey on that side of the ball.
“Iowa is a really solid team that has a really solid defense. I think I’ll fit in well in the Iowa defense because of my physicality and my love for the game,” he said.
Tate is looking forward to a closer look at a tour of Iowa’s academics next month. He is considering majors in engineering, computer science or kinesiology.
Rivals see Tate as a three-star prospect, the No. 49 athlete and the eighth best player overall for ’23 in Illinois. The On3 consensus shows him as the No. 50 safety for cycling and the No. 10 player in Illinois.
As a junior, Tate recorded 63 tackles, five interceptions and two forced fumbles. He also scored 451 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, earning All-Conference honors.
You can watch Tate’s junior highlights here.