Coming off three straight trips to the College World Series—plus an 8-4 season in football—North Carolina has landed the nation’s No. 2 player in the 2009 prep class.
Sources have confirmed to Baseball America a scout.com report that Donavan Tate, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback/outfielder from Cartersville, Ga., High, has committed verbally to North Carolina and will try to play both sports. Tate, the son of former Georgia and NFL running back Lars Tate, is the top-ranked hitter in the class, a five-tool athlete and who also possesses the best set of baseball skills of any position player in this draft class.
Tate initially had decided to give up football for his senior season to concentrate on baseball but changed his mind one game into the high school season and rejoined the Cartersville program.
He also had visited Southern California and was heavily recruited by Michigan and Alabama. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last month that he intended to play both baseball and football, no matter which school he wound up attending. Tate’s commitment also gives North Carolina its fifth recruit in the High School Top 100 (subscriber-only).
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