Ga. ATH Schedules UNC Official

Donavan Tate has scheduled an official visit to North Carolina for the weekend of Nov. 22.

"My mom and I were getting the [official] visits together and I wanted to visit North Carolina," Tate said. "I just thought the NC State game would be a good game to go to."

Tate, who has already officially visited Southern Cal, has also scheduled an official visit with Michigan on November 15 when the Wolverines host Northwestern. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete from Cartersville (Ga.) will schedule an official trip to Alabama and is considering Georgia and LSU for his final official slot.

The six aforementioned schools are the only schools Tate is considering. He says he does not have a leader.

While his official visits will play a major part in his recruitment, Tate believes he won't announce his collegiate decision until on or around Signing Day.

"I want to feel comfort when I come on the campus," Tate said. "With me being there for however long I'm going to be there – four years – I need to feel comfortable with the campus.

"I also need to have a good relationship with the coaches, have a good academic program, just the atmosphere at the football game, and having a good football and baseball program."

Tate, who is projected to be a high selection in the Major League Baseball draft -- he's ranked the No. 2 overall prospect in the nation by Perfect Game -- is looking to play both sports in college. He said all of the schools he is interested in will afford him the opportunity to play both.

Alabama, Michigan, and UNC are recruiting Tate as a quarterback, while Georgia, LSU, and Southern Cal like him as a safety. He doesn't have a position preference.

After primarily playing receiver and running back during his sophomore season, Tate moved to quarterback as a junior, where he excelled in Cartersville's West Virginia-style spread offense.

Following his junior season, Tate gave up football only to change his mind right before the start of his senior season. As he worked himself into football shape, Tate played receiver and running back for the first six games. Tate started at quarterback on Friday for the first time this season and finished with 105 yards and a touchdown on 11 rushes, while also completing 10-of-17 pass attempts for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Tate has started at safety since his sophomore season. Thus far this season, he has intercepted one pass and made 25 tackles.

During the Evaluation Period, UNC area recruiter Steve Hagen first made contact with Tate and extended a scholarship offer. However, it wasn't until right before his senior football season that UNC really started to pursue Tate.

"That's when [Hagen and I] started talking on a weekly basis," Tate said. "He got me looking at the program a little bit more and more interested."

Tate's father, Lars, played running back for three seasons in the NFL after playing his collegiate career at Georgia.

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