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Recruiting: Edmond North's Lindell Tate to walk on at Oklahoma

Running back missed all of his senior season with a knee injury, but his story of recovery isn't over yet.
by Jacob Unruh Published: February 4, 2014

— Lindell Tate was never ready to finish his story.

On Wednesday, as football players across the nation sign their letters of intent with various universities, the Edmond North running back's recovery story continues.

Tate, months after undergoing surgery on the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee after help from the community to cover the costs, has decided to go to Oklahoma as a preferred walk-on.

“Blessed, first of all,” Tate said. “It's great because I've been wanting to go to OU my whole life since I moved to Oklahoma. To get this opportunity is crazy.”

When Tate suffered the injury in an August scrimmage, the possibility of becoming a Sooner was a distant thought.

First, he had to find a way to get the surgery. The Edmond community rallied around the speedster, eventually landing him surgery and rehabilitation for free.

The story received national attention, even bringing in retired NFL receiver Johnny Knox to see Tate and start a foundation to help athletes in his situation.

Now, Tate's a month ahead of schedule in rehab. He started running Monday on a treadmill, increasing the possibility that he could be ready for track in the spring.

“He works hard,” Edmond North coach Scott Burger said. “He's a special kid, he really is. It's good to see stuff like that because most people with his injury don't come back that way. Everything indicates he's going to do good and I'm just glad he's going to get the opportunity to try it.”

Tate really just wants an opportunity to show his abilities once again.

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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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