September 2, 2008

Tate couldn’t stay away from the gridiron

One of the biggest surprises this summer came when Rivals100 athlete Donavan Tate decided not to play football his senior year. The Cartersville (GA) native held over 30 scholarship offers, but he made a big decision when he made baseball his priority sport these next 10 months.

"It was a very tough decision," Tate said when asked about giving up football. "I wasn't thinking about doing this at all until about the middle of the summer when I had been on the road so long, playing baseball games everyday, missing the summer workouts with the team, and I made the final decision to give it up this year late in the summer."

As a freshman and sophomore, the 6-foot-2, 185 pound athlete lined up at safety and wide receiver for Frank Barden and the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes. In 2007, he moved to quarterback and showed a strong arm, the ability to make something out of nothing, and great leadership.

Now, this fall, he does not even plan to be in attendance for one Cartersville game under the lights.

"I miss it already to be honest. Just being around people at school talking about the game this week, thinking about being out there on Friday nights, and high school football is just a real big thing in our town. I probably will not watch us play at all this year, so I won't miss it anymore than I already do. I am already on a training plan, so I hope that will keep me busy on Friday nights."

He is already on a strict workout to make him better in the sport he is focusing on now. Baseball has become the lead sport for one of the most talented and versatile athletes in the country.

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