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2191635 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2014-08-06 01:27:12.0 UTC 2014-08-05T21:27:12.000-04:00 wharton-wr-auden-tate-picks-florida-state published 2014-08-06 01:26:49.0 UTC 2014-08-05T21:26:49.000-04:00 sports/footballpreps DTI 123658085 As 2015 wide receiver Auden Tate sat flanked by his parents in the principal's conference room at Wharton High School for his commitment ceremony Tuesday, his mother Nicki admitted to the crowd of people that spilled out into the hallway that she didn't think the day would ever come. Just four years ago her son — who had always been a small child — tried out for the Dutch Fork Middle School football team and was cut. "I was like, 'Well, baby, maybe you'll try a different sport,' " Nicki Tate recalled. But for Auden Tate, that moment only made him want it more. "It made me real hungry," he said. In the years since, Tate went from being a kid his middle school team didn't want to a four-star recruit with offers from 20 Division I programs. And Tuesday morning, in front of a crowd of more than 60 crammed into the small room in the school's front office, Tate announced his commitment to Florida State, peeling off his T-shirt to show one from the defending national championship underneath. Tate, who still plans to take official visits to FSU and Michigan this fall, said his decision came down to the Seminoles or Maryland — making him one of several top recruits in the Tampa Bay area considering the Terrapins. In the end, Tate said interactions with strength and condition coach Vic Viloria helped him make up his mind. Viloria, he said, didn't fill his head with what could be empty promises; all he guaranteed him was an opportunity to compete for a spot on the field. With numbers like he put up last season for the Wildcats, that's exactly what Tate could do in Tallahassee. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior had 49 receptions for 815 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. And despite Wharton bringing in two new young quarterbacks this season, Tate said he doesn't expect his output to change. "They're going to progress a lot, so it's my job to help them feel comfortable in the offense," he said. "But I feel like they know what they're doing." Nature Coast: Offensive tackle Christian Pellage will announce his college commitment at 2 p.m. Friday at the school's gym. The three-star 2015 prospect said he doesn't have a list of finalists, but he holds more than two dozen offers, including Florida State, Florida, Alabama and Ohio State. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Pellage was No. 13 in the Tampa Bay Times' HomeTeam 100 list of the area's top football players. Rivals considers him the country's No. 40 offensive tackle and the state's No. 58 overall recruit; 247Sports also ranks him among the top 60 players in the state and at his position. Dudley headed to hall St. Petersburg City Council chairman Bill Dudley, formerly a longtime wrestling coach at Northeast High, will be inducted into the Florida chapter of the Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando. Dudley is one of seven who will be inducted. The other local inductee is longtime referee John Niles, who also coached at Lakewood. "It's a tremendous honor," Dudley said. "At first, I almost didn't believe it when I got the call. I thought they were yanking my chain." Dudley coached at Northeast 33 years and had 340 dual-meet victories. He also started the St. Petersburg City tournament, which is going on its 21st year. Dudley's only state champion, Phil Rizzo, will be his presenter. "To me it's a tremendous honor," said Dudley, who invited more than 200 friends and family for the event. "I mean, it's part of the national hall of fame." Kelly Parsons, Times Staff Writer Sports, Football, Preps, pinellas, hillsborough Wharton WR Auden Tate picks Florida State TJOHNSONN 4STC Main dhvns6epb07r dhvns Wharton's Tate picks FSU Pinellas, Hillsborough 7 nsc_news080614 Wharton's Tate picks FSU 2014-08-06 04:00:00.0 UTC 2014-08-06T00:00:00.000-04:00 1 Wharton&#8217;s Auden Tate, catching a TD pass last season, has come a long way since being cut from his middle school team. /resources/images/dti/2014/08/c4s_preps080614_13631845.jpg DANIEL WALLACE | Times /resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/08/c4s_preps080614_13631845_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/08/c4s_preps080614_13631845_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2014/08/05/123658085-wharton-wr-auden-tate-picks-florida-state StaffArticle sports,footballFootballsports,preps,footballHigh School Footballsports,prepsHigh School SportsAs 2015 wide receiver Auden Tate sat flanked by his parents in the principal's conference room at Wharton High School for his commitment ceremony Tuesday, his mother Nicki admitted to the crowd of people that spilled out into the hallway that she didn't think the day would ever come.Sports, Football, Preps, pinellas, hillsboroughSports, Football, Preps, pinellas, hillsboroughKelly Parsons 2239887 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2015-08-04 11:53:13.0 UTC 2015-08-04T07:53:13.000-04:00 kelly-parsons published 2015-08-04 14:19:51.0 UTC 2015-08-04T10:19:51.000-04:00 Kelly Parsons <p>Kelly Parsons has covered high school sports in Hillsborough County since joining the Times in 2013. She is from Winston-Salem, N.C., and graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in journalism and political science. She has also worked for the Washington Times and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 135751864 Kelly Parsons has covered high school sports in Hillsborough County since joining the Times in 2013. She is from Winston-Salem, N.C., and graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in journalism and political science. She has also worked for the Washington Times and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. <p>Phone: (336) 817-9673</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:kaparsons@tampabay.com ">kaparsons@tampabay.com</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2015/08/web_kelly_parsons091914_15659341.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/135751864-kelly-parsons AuthorProfile 2015-08-04 11:53:13.0 UTC 2015-08-04T07:53:13.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">KELLY PARSONS</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2290748 2016-08-24 15:21:04.0 UTC 5 Days Ago auden-tates-tall-task-breaking-out-among-fsus-receivers sports/college Auden Tate's tall task: Breaking out among FSU's receivers StaffArticle 2283049 2016-06-24 19:56:17.0 UTC 2 Months Ago hillsborough-de-zachary-carter-picks-florida sports/footballpreps Hillsborough DE Zachary Carter picks Florida StaffArticle 2291217 2016-08-27 05:13:09.0 UTC 3 Days Ago football-wharton-39-king-0 sports/footballpreps Football: Wharton 39, King 0 StaffArticle <p>As 2015 wide receiver Auden Tate sat flanked by his parents in the principal's conference room at Wharton High School for his commitment ceremony Tuesday, his mother Nicki admitted to the crowd of people that spilled out into the hallway that she didn't think the day would ever come.</p> <p>Just four years ago her son — who had always been a small child — tried out for the Dutch Fork Middle School football team and was cut.</p> <p>&quot;I was like, 'Well, baby, maybe you'll try a different sport,' &quot; Nicki Tate recalled.</p> <p>But for Auden Tate, that moment only made him want it more.</p> <p>&quot;It made me real hungry,&quot; he said.</p> <p>In the years since, Tate went from being a kid his middle school team didn't want to a four-star recruit with offers from 20 Division I programs.</p> <p>And Tuesday morning, in front of a crowd of more than 60 crammed into the small room in the school's front office, Tate announced his commitment to Florida State, peeling off his T-shirt to show one from the defending national championship underneath.</p> <p>Tate, who still plans to take official visits to FSU and Michigan this fall, said his decision came down to the Seminoles or Maryland — making him one of several top recruits in the Tampa Bay area considering the Terrapins.</p> <p>In the end, Tate said interactions with strength and condition coach Vic Viloria helped him make up his mind. Viloria, he said, didn't fill his head with what could be empty promises; all he guaranteed him was an opportunity to compete for a spot on the field.</p> <p>With numbers like he put up last season for the Wildcats, that's exactly what Tate could do in Tallahassee.</p> <p>The 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior had 49 receptions for 815 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. And despite Wharton bringing in two new young quarterbacks this season, Tate said he doesn't expect his output to change.</p> <p>&quot;They're going to progress a lot, so it's my job to help them feel comfortable in the offense,&quot; he said. &quot;But I feel like they know what they're doing.&quot;</p> <p><b>Nature Coast: </b>Offensive tackle Christian Pellage will announce his college commitment at 2 p.m. Friday at the school's gym.</p> <p>The three-star 2015 prospect said he doesn't have a list of finalists, but he holds more than two dozen offers, including Florida State, Florida, Alabama and Ohio State.</p> <p>The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Pellage was No. 13 in the <i>Tampa Bay Times' </i>HomeTeam 100 list of the area's top football players.</p> <p>Rivals considers him the country's No. 40 offensive tackle and the state's No. 58 overall recruit; 247Sports also ranks him among the top 60 players in the state and at his position.</p> <p><b>Dudley headed to hall</b></p> <p>St. Petersburg City Council chairman Bill Dudley, formerly a longtime wrestling coach at Northeast High, will be inducted into the Florida chapter of the Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando.</p> <p>Dudley is one of seven who will be inducted. The other local inductee is longtime referee John Niles, who also coached at Lakewood.</p> <p>&quot;It's a tremendous honor,&quot; Dudley said. &quot;At first, I almost didn't believe it when I got the call. I thought they were yanking my chain.&quot;</p> <p>Dudley coached at Northeast 33 years and had 340 dual-meet victories. He also started the St. Petersburg City tournament, which is going on its 21st year. Dudley's only state champion, Phil Rizzo, will be his presenter.</p> <p>&quot;To me it's a tremendous honor,&quot; said Dudley, who invited more than 200 friends and family for the event. &quot;I mean, it's part of the national hall of fame.&quot;</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:42:32