Michigan is the newest offer for Chicago Kenwood junior cornerback Kahlil Tate.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Tate adds the Wolverines now to offers from Nebraska, Penn State, Colorado, Ball State and Central Michigan. He is also a 4.1 student in the classroom.

“It’s one of the best universities in the world,” he said. “It’s a perfect combination of academics, athletics and history. I’m blessed to have this opportunity.”

Wolverines safeties coach Ron Bellamy spoke with Kenwood head coach Sinque Turner in advance of the offer and the Wolverines have been consistent presences in Chicago and the suburbs in recruiting. That includes regular stops at Kenwood.

“Michigan has always been in the building,” Turner says. “This is the first time they have offered one of our athletes, but they always come in and show face. Sherrone Moore comes and we always have great dialogue. From bringing [Nebraska signee Jalil Martin] on campus we have been able to build with the defensive staff, Coach Bellamy and Coach Clink. They are some down to earth dudes. We understand timing and placement when it comes to recruiting. To get an offer from a school of that significance, you have to be a special player and they don’t come around every day. This is one of the most significant offers tocome through since I’ve been here. I’m excited for him.”

Tate has not been to campus but hopes to get there in the future.

“I’m very interested in Michigan and looking forward to building a strong relationship with coaches Ron Bellamy, Steve Clinkscale, and Sherone Moore,” he said. “Another reason besides winning the Big Ten Championship is the guys like A.J. Henning, JJ McCarthy, Tyler Morris are all Chicago guys and that has proven that Michigan sees our area as a footprint area for them.”

Turner describes Tate as a no-brainer type ot of recruit.

“He is a well-rounded player and his upside is huge,” Turner said. “He will probably graduate at around 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. In big-time situations, he has come through and been that hero and been that motivation to his teammates. Kahlil makes everyone around him better. His catch radius is big, his change of direction is crazy, top-end speed is good and then he will come down and put his face on anything as a tackler. Then on top of that he is a 4.1-4.2 GPA kid who is super unselfish.”

Tate says Penn State is another school he will make plans to see this off-season. He also listed Nebraska, Colorado, Northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, and Kansas as schools who have been consistently in touch and he will look at visiting.

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