POLK — The phrase, “I really feel comfortable there,” seems to be the common theme when it comes to an athlete picking a school to further his or her education and athletic career.
On Wednesday, High Plains senior quarterback Tanner Fate inked his letter of intent with the Hastings College Broncos to join their football program next fall.
“We (High Plains) have been to camp there the past three years and I just really felt comfortable there when I went to visit,” Fate said. “I like the facilities there and the guys were really cool when I visited. It was just a good experience for me.”
Fate’s numbers from his senior season ranked as tops in three of the York News-Times All-Area categories. The senior led the area in rushing with 1,333 yards, a 121.1 per game output and an 8.2 yards per carry average. He also led the charts in all purpose yards with 1,333 on the ground and added 1,206 yards through the air, completing 54-87 passes for 62 percent. He scored 35 touchdowns which was best in the area and was one of three YNT All-Area team captains.
“They (Hastings College) are going to get an extremely hard worker and a kid who is committed to the football program,” commented High Plains head football coach Greg Wood. “I think he’s ready for the college level of play and he is committed at working at it and doing what he needs to do. I think the speed of the college game will be his biggest adjustment, but he’s up to it.”
Hastings College and High Plains run a similar system, another reason Fate thought the Broncos were a good fit. “It helps to already to know the offense and be familiar with it,” he stated. “I think it will help me to adjust more easily than it might at another school. I will need to work on the audible calls and learn to read defenses better. I think I could come in and contribute right away, but I’d like to take a little time to get used to the offense and everything.”
Fate also looked into Doane College, Midland, Dakota Wesleyan and Nebraska Wesleyan, but said that when it came right down to it, he knew Hastings was the best fit.