Tate returns home to Cartersville from UNC, mulls future

This 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 draftee from Cartersville may be close to signing a baseball contract.

That’s just a guess because I’ve been unable to reach Tate. I received this e-mail earlier this evening from North Carolina spokesman Kevin Best, who I had called and e-mailed much earlier Wednesday about trying to get Donavan on the phone:

Donavan Tate, an incoming freshman from Cartersville, Ga., has left North Carolina’s football training camp to consider an offer to play baseball with the San Diego Padres.  Tate was the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft.  He arrived in Chapel Hill last Saturday and attended quarterback meetings and three days of practice before leaving Wednesday morning.

I can’t think of any other reason Tate would come back home unless he was going to the baseball money. We are, afterall, talking about a multimillion dollar signing bonus. I’ll update you when I know more.

24 comments Add your comment

H.S. Coach

August 12th, 2009
9:43 pm

Take the money and run kid. Football will be there later if you flop in baseball.

unweaned lil pup

August 13th, 2009
7:31 am

Good luck in baseball DT … but I’m glad you didn’t go UGA now.

What a wuss...

August 13th, 2009
7:38 am

…why even show up?


August 13th, 2009
7:42 am

Football’s too tough for you, uhh?


August 13th, 2009
7:46 am

Football is tough when you play for the crappy tarholes.

Hunting Dawg

August 13th, 2009
8:04 am

A couple of brainless responses above, especially dgroy and H.S. Coach. The kid is 17 years old and a few days away from making more money signing this one contract than you, or I, will make in our lifetime. You guys have issues that can only be resolved with a lobotomy.

Donovan, good luck in all that you do. You’ve had to make some pretty big decisions for being as young as you are.

Go Dawgs!

Ehsanul Islam Sadequee

August 13th, 2009
8:20 am

Good luck with baseball. When you are done with baseball in a couple of years, come to Tech and show up these ungrateful dog fans.


August 13th, 2009
9:16 am

Money is Money, and let’s face it if you graduate with a PHD, you aren’t getting millions signing with a company. Tate you are a “smart” kid, and I’m sure your dad had some input.


August 13th, 2009
10:38 am

H.S. Coach

August 13th, 2009
10:41 am

Hunting Dawg, how is my comment brainless? I think the kid should sign a huge contract and then if he isn’t happy with baseball a few years down the line he can come back to football. Try reading a post before you comment on it.

[...] • Donavan Tate leaves North Carolina’s football camp. [...]

[...] pieces above the Tigers should start falling. The #3 pick just left fall football practice at UNC to probably sign with the Padres. __________________ "You’re [...]


August 13th, 2009
1:32 pm

I’m from Cartersville and have had the pleasure of watching DT play the last few years. Although he is an excellent football player, I have to say that a big contract in MLB is the way to go. There are no guarantees in either, but by signing with MLB his future is secure. If he had stayed in college (and I am a huge CFB fan), he may or may not have succeeded, then if he did he may would have had a chance to play in the NFL. A long road with no guarantee’s, where in baseball his financial future is secure. And as H.S. Coach pointed out, he can always come back to college football if baseball doesn’t work out. Smart move..


August 13th, 2009
4:20 pm

I would think that by going to Carolina he had more negotiating power with the Padres.


August 13th, 2009
6:47 pm

You people are dumb. Donovan Tate went to UNC for BASEBALL. I’m sure football was part of why he went there, yes he was going to play, but I’m pretty sure he committed for baseball. He is a stud and yes he probably won’t ever step foot back on campus.

I don’t think that football is too rough for him. He is a multi-skilled athlete. He could play football, but he obviously is a little better at baseball. Good luck with everything.


August 13th, 2009
7:10 pm

17 years is just too young for a multi-million dollar contract.
By leaving college, he is going to miss out on an experience he will never have again. The money will be there after college, but the college experience will not be there after the money.


August 13th, 2009
7:28 pm

Pecan is right, by him going to UNC and actually showing he is serious about UNC makes the Padres realize they better step up and pay him or be prepared to see him in 3 years

Hunting Dawg

August 14th, 2009
8:11 am

H.S. Coach, Pretty brainless to use the phrase “if you flop” in your statement. The way you phrased it in your second posting, “and then if he isn’t happy “, wouldn’t have lead me to include you in my statement. Try thinking about what YOU type before your fingers start walking.

MHC Tiger!

August 14th, 2009
2:28 pm

Hunting Dog…stop being so anal. flop, fail, isnt happy, changes his mind, gets cut, gets injured, stinks, bombs…get the point…its all teh same…Football will still be there for him to return too, and possibly even success. There have been a slew of individuals that make the adjustment. We saw one last night. The Dixon kid who played for PGH last night was a star centerfielder who couldnt hit a curve ball. Now look at him!

MHC vs GSU in 2012!


August 17th, 2009
6:38 am

hey bill what do u mean tarholes? wtf is a tarhole?lol UNC is a great school good football and baseball program and i dont need to talk about basketball Since we are national champs in that sport.Football aint as strong yet but butch Davis will turn it around like he did at miami.DT will be a great QB here as well as get a degree then make twice as much.He is alredy rich the money is there he can get that later.And by the way he picked UNC so he must not think too bad of the crappy tarholes lol.Good luck DT on whatever you choose but hope to see you throwing touchdowns at UNC next year


August 17th, 2009
6:56 am

H.S.Coach if he signs with the padres thats means it will probably be a long term contract.Which means that he cnts just a year later up and say “This baseball stuff sucks i wanna go back to UNC “That would be a breach of contract.As a H.S. Coach you of all people should be encouraging kids to stay in school and get a degree other than “Hey take the money and run”.If thats your view you express to your players let me know what school you coach at so i make sure i dont sent my son there to play lol.My dream for my sons are to go to college get a degree then if they are good egnough go to the pros if he gets hurt he needs something to fall back on.That 6.5 million will be 12.5 million if he waits and do the right thing and go to college otherwise why send your kid to high school if you have no plans for him to go to college just work with him on baseball and dont go to school lol.Good luck DT get a degree you worked hard for it the money will be there


August 17th, 2009
6:57 am

see i caught myself i should have went to college i mispelled cant not cnts lol


August 17th, 2009
7:02 am

And oh yea sorry slappy DT did commit to UNC to play football. He was gonna be a two sport player but was recruited to play football.If you dont believe that go to Scout.com and it will tell you about him


August 17th, 2009
8:03 am

Yah really Hunting dog (not dawg) do everyone a favor and take your right hand to your ear (the right one) and extend it out a foot or so. Then slap yourself silly……