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3rd pick in MLB draft to report for UNC football

Posted August 7, 2009

Tar Heels head coach Butch Davis said on Friday that multi-sport star Donovan Tate, an incoming freshman from Georgia, is scheduled to report to UNC on Saturday.

Tate, a 6-foot-3 quarterback from Georgia, is also a star baseball player. He was the third overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft.

Davis said he understands Tate has until Aug 17 to sign with the San Diego Padres, or he would go back into the draft.

Davis said he has had conversations with Tate, and with Tate's mother and while Tate "is in love with Carolina," he hasn't decided if he will take San Diego's offer or enroll at UNC.

Still, whether Tate ever plays at UNC is uncertain. Will Lingo, editor of Durham-based Baseball America, said Tate is likely to sign and play baseball.

"I think we would still expect him to sign at this point," Lingo said. "It's unlikely the Padres would have taken him at No. 3 unless they knew what it would take to sign him and intended to get there. It may not be $6 million, but it will be a big number."

And even UNC cornerback Kendric Burney said he has been in contact with Tate but does not expect Tate to turn down professional baseball and come to UNC.

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  • aroundthehorn Aug 8, 3:10 p.m.

    "Russell Wilson type"? Are you kidding me? Russell Wilson hasn't even dreamed of being drafted that high.

  • mjeffrey Aug 8, 8:08 a.m.

    although I would like him to come play football at UNC, he probably will sign with the MLB team

  • Deacons Aug 8, 8:00 a.m.

    I think anyone advising a kid on this kind of decision would tell them to take the big money... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    I agree and last night WRAL interviewed one of Tate's friends who currently plays for UNC and he said he had just talked to him and he said Tate will not go to school. Now, he may come there for a few days to help bargain for more money but by the time school starts, he will be nowhere near UNC's campus and I do not blame him.

  • BIGDAWGShouse Aug 8, 7:10 a.m.

    ya'll are all hicks!!!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Aug 7, 6:31 p.m.

    I think anyone advising a kid on this kind of decision would tell them to take the big money that comes with a #3 draft pick. He can only go downhill from there, realistically.

    Hard to imagine anyone turning that down to live the college life.

  • Rdi73162 Aug 7, 4:09 p.m.

    Signing Tate may be a problem, however. The two-sport star has already signed a two-sport national letter of intent to play football and baseball at North Carolina.

    i know he could still go either way, but maybe the kid wants to experience college life, or feels he just not ready for the bigs... either way, i wouldnt blame him or say he made the wrong choice which-ever way he goes... i say good for him that he has that choice.

  • uncfan1 Aug 7, 3:54 p.m.

    ^ True, but probably a poor option if he really wants to play baseball, which I believe he does.

  • Rdi73162 Aug 7, 3:51 p.m.

    good money, yes, but whos to say he even wants to play with SD, he can forgo SD and enroll at... View More

    — Posted by Rdi73162

    No, I believe once he takes any classes in college he is not eligible to re-enter the draft... View More

    — Posted by uncfan1

    your right, but still an option if he really doesnt wanna play for SD

  • HockeyRules Aug 7, 3:38 p.m.

    " Valvano was the ultimate tournament coach. He knew how to get the most out of what he had. "

    yes, the ultimate Tournament coach. No doubt.

    Lets see...10 years at NC State. 7 years in the NCAA. 3 of those years, the ultimate coach lost in the first round of the tournament. 3 of those years, he won 2 games in the NCAA. 1 year, he won 3 games. And one year, he won 6.

    Lets not forget the NIT, the one year the ultimate coach was in it. First round loser.

    We could go back to Iona. Five years at Iona, two trips to the NCAA. One first round loss, one second round loss.

    Yep...ultimate tournament coach.

  • I like everybody Aug 7, 3:38 p.m.

    good money, yes, but whos to say he even wants to play with SD, he can forgo SD and enroll at... View More

    — Posted by Rdi73162

    No, I believe once he takes any classes in college he is not eligible to re-enter the draft... View More

    — Posted by uncfan1

    I'm pretty sure uncfan1 is right concerning entering the draft once he begins college classes. I know for a fact if he plays baseball in college he won't be able to be drafted agin til he's 21 or after his 3rd yr is complete. Plus, SD would never have drafted him #3rd if he hadn't given the SD organization every indication that he's signable. Waiting 3 years would be extremely dangerous when millions are on the line. I wouldn't risk it for the "life changing money" that's on the table right now.

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