January 24, 2008

Two major offers for Rivals100 junior

Four-star 2009 prospect Donavan Tate can do it all. The Cartersville, Ga. prospect was all over the field during his sophomore season. As a junior, Tate played strictly quarterback to help his team out and managed to be selected in the first release of the 2009 Rivals100. While he's not on the football field, Tate is on the baseball diamond and is considered one of the top major league prospects in the nation.

This week Tate was able to add a few more lines to his resume after receiving offers from two of the top football programs in the nation and two of Tate's favorites.

"Southern Cal and Florida offered me and I got one from NC State too," Tate said. "The whole time in the recruiting process I've always wanted to see USC and Florida and had interest in them."

Tate can add the offers to his list which already includes schools such as South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. In 2009, the versatile athlete could play quarterback or safety in college or he may not go to college at all, opting to play professional baseball instead.

"It definitely would be a tough decision if I get drafted high in the draft," he said. "If I went to college I'd be playing football and baseball. I really don't see myself as being a baseball player or a football player. It's really just whatever season it is. I love baseball and I love football."

Because Tate has such a passion to be out on the field, his junior season was tough to digest. It wasn't because he was injured or missed any games but simply because he was only able to play one side of the ball.

"My first year I was at I was playing at quarterback, wide receiver, safety, running back, kick returner, punt returner and all over," he said. "This year it was more of a focus on quarterback until the last two games of the year when I got to play safety too. That was really fun because that's what I want to do is play both sides of the ball all year. The whole year I was trying to talk to my coach and tell him to let me do something else, return kicks anything."

It may be good that Tate didn't quite get what he wanted out of his coach. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete stayed healthy throughout the year and you wouldn't want to spoil the young man. He is already seemingly getting everything else he wants. Tate went into the recruiting process with five early favorites. He has already received official offers from three of them with a fourth possibly close by.

Tate lists his top five schools as Florida, Georgia, USC, Arizona State and Texas in no particular order. With offers already in hand from Georgia, Florida and USC Tate believes it may just be a matter of time with Texas who generally offers juniors only after Signing Day.

"Texas has not officially offered but my mom and I, when we went out to San Antonio for the U.S. Army Combine, the coaches called her and set up a meeting," he said. "They said that they were planning to offer me."

Despite all of the options in front of him, Tate is taking things one step at a time and one season and a time.


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