Wyatt Tate signing

Navarro senior Wyatt Tate signs his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career at Abilene Christian University on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo.

Last weekend, Navarro senior offensive lineman Wyatt Tate committed to continue his football career at Abilene Christian University.

Tate made his verbal decision official as he inked in his future, signing his National Letter of Intent in front of his friends, family and coaches on Wednesday at the Navarro Events Center in Geronimo.

“It feels really good knowing that it’s for sure set in stone,” Tate said. “Now I can move on with everything and know what I’m doing for the next four to five years of my life.”

Tate, a 6-foot-8-inch, 325-pound offensive lineman, helped the Navarro Panther football program finish 10-3 overall and 4-1 in District 13-4A-II in 2018.

“I hadn’t been around him a whole lot but since Day 1 that I got here, he’s been a hard worker, led by example, he’s kind of set the tone and showed everybody else how to work,” first-year football head coach Rob Blount said. “He’s a great, young man that is always trying to help his teammates and help us be successful. He’s been blessed with a lot of size and ability, but he does a great job of using it correctly and for the right reasons.”

Tate also has earned All-State honors as a junior and senior for the Navarro Panther football program.

From the performance he had in his senior football season, he received All-District First Team Offense honors and earned Honorable Mention Offense on the 2018 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 4A all-state high school football team.

Although Tate’s senior year is near the end, he said he looks forward to playing football at the college level while also majoring in business at Abilene Christian University.

“I’m going to miss a lot about Navarro especially the closeness,” he said. “We are all one big family and everyone here has a special relationship with each other. It’s all one huge family, but I know I’m going someone where it’s still a family atmosphere, so I’m happy about that.”

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