Cartersville’s Tate showed up at UNC, but for how long?

Cartersville's Donavan Tate and his agent Scott Boras have the San Diego Padres in an unenviable position. Tate reported to the Tar Heels' camp over the weekend. A No. 3 draft pick of the Padres, they have until Aug. 17 to meet their contract demands or reach an agreement. (AJC Photo)

Cartersville's Donavan Tate and his agent Scott Boras have the San Diego Padres in an unenviable position. He reported to the Tar Heels' camp over the weekend. The Padres, who drafted Tate No. 3, have until Monday to come to an agreement on a contract.

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 . . .

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

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Faiz Al-Khayyal

August 12th, 2009
12:51 pm

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August 12th, 2009
12:51 pm

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August 12th, 2009
1:04 pm

Woof Woof! Grrrrrr… *Whimper* Arf.

Bo Williams

August 12th, 2009
5:51 pm

Did UGa offer Tate?

[...] is an update on the Donavan Tate post I put up earlier today. It appears imminent that the North Carolina football signee and San Diego Padres’ baseball [...]

Chip Towers

August 12th, 2009
7:29 pm

Bo Williams: Oh yeah, Georgia offered. He’s the son of former Bulldog great Lars Tate. But he was always thought to have a pro baseball future first and foremost.


August 19th, 2009
8:49 pm

Yes UGA offered Tate but Tate isn’t going to play football. His agent is just working the system to get a fatter baseball contract. He is USING North Carolina and UGA has been through that before and wanted none of it.


August 21st, 2009
1:42 pm

Evidently recruiting is very slow now as the AJC hasn’t written anything new in the last week.


August 23rd, 2009
11:58 pm

Wht kind of comment do you want on NO NEWS?