Pope John Paul II High School
HIGH SCHOOL Three-year starter at running back for private school just north of Nashville... As senior, rushed for 1,301 yards on 225 carries and scored 18 TDs... Nominated for state's Mr. Football postseason award... Named to Nashville Tennessean's "Dream Team" and Division II All-State by sportswriters... Averaged 6.1 yards while producing 3,045 career rushing yards and 42 TDs... Three-time All-County selection and Area's 2008 Male Athlete of the Year... State 100-meter champion in track, with personal best of 10.8; two-time state runner-up in 200 meters... Captain on hoops squad... Member of school chorus.
PERSONAL Wesley Trumaine Tate... Son of Yolanda Tate and Golden H. Tate II... Born Dec. 3, 1990... Has an older brother, Golden III, and twin younger sisters, Beanna and Deanna... Older brother is standout receiver at Notre Dame... Dad played football at Tennessee State... Plays piano... Enjoys Guitar Hero.
POPE JOHN PAUL II HEAD COACH JEFF BROTHERS
"Wesley is a prototypical SEC tailback. He gives them (Vanderbilt) a very powerful running back, an explosive, downhill runner. When teams played us, Wesley was our marquee player on offense.
"Wesley has tremendous strength in his lower body and is a durable running back. He's just as strong in the fourth quarter as he is in the first quarter. Physically, he'll be about ready to play when he gets to college.
"Wesley is also a young man of the highest character, very coachable, and willing to do anything and everything to help the team succeed."