North Carolina quarterback Donavan Tate of Cartersville faces a fast-approaching deadline to make a decision whether to remain with the Tar Heels or sign with a professional baseball contract with the San Diego Padres, who bothered to select him third in last June’s Amateur Baseball Draft.
You’d think it’d be a no-brainer, what with that draft position drawing an expected signing bonus of $3 to $6 million. But Tate insists he’s serious about being a two-sport athlete for the Tar Heels and he bothered to show up for their preseason football camp, albeit it a little late.
And Tate’s agent is Scott Boras. So, of course, anything could happen.
Here’s a take on it from the pro baseball perspective. Three of Padres’ top four prospects are still unsigned, and Lee “hacksaw” Hamilton writes that Tate’s is the most important deal to get done before the Aug. 17 deadline.
Here’s some more recruit-related news from around the South:
In case you missed it, he AJC’s Tim Tucker reports that Georgia true freshman tight end Orson Charles of Tampa is well positioned to play this season. Charles spoke with the media Tuesday for the first time since camp opened.
Another first-year player that could make an impact for the Bulldogs is kickoff specialist Andrew Bogotay of San Diego, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
Here’s an update on the progress of heralded Georgia cornerback signee Branden Smith from David Hale’s Bulldogs Blog.
Tyrik Rollison, a freshman quarterback from Sulphur Springs, Texas, is turning a lot of heads in Auburn’s preseason camp, according to AuburnUnderCover.com. . . .
Hey, even the Florida Gators don’t win them all in recruiting. The Orlando-Sentinel reports that highly-touted wide receiver Kadron Boone, who resides in the Gators’ relative backyard of Ocala, chose Texas Tech over the defending national champions. . . .
Miami coach Randy Shannon is using some unusual tactics to help the Hurricanes’ recruiting, according to this report in MercedSunStar.com.