"His college choice was going to boil down to the two sports that were the best fit. Then, I think the coaching staff did a great job recruiting him and making him feel like that was the right place for him."
Tate, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete, chose UNC without actually visiting the campus. He was scheduled to officially visit UNC a couple weekends ago, but an injury suffered the night of his departure altered those plans.
"He wasn't able to take [his UNC official] visit, so Coach Davis made the effort to come down to see him," Barden said. "I was not there, but from what I was told, it was a great visit."
Barden believes Tate's verbal commitment is firm and doesn't expect Tate, who officially visited Southern Cal in early October, to visit any schools, outside of UNC.
"I think he's done," Tate said. "He picked UNC over the likes of Michigan, USC, Alabama – he's picked them over the best of the best. He's pretty firm with it."
Throughout his football career at Cartersville, Tate has played safety, cornerback, wide receiver, running back, and quarterback. He is ranked the No. 17 safety -- and a four-star prospect -- by Scout.com. His father, Lars, played running back for three seasons in the NFL after playing his collegiate career at Georgia. Donovan, however, is best known for his accomplishments at quarterback.
"He's just a naturally gifted kid," Barden said. "He's a great quarterback… He could basically play any position on the field from linebacker to DB to wideout, running back, [and] quarterback. But he is a naturally gifted quarterback that gives you the option to not only beat you with his arm but with his feet, as well."
UNC has informed Tate that he's primarily being recruited as a quarterback.
"I think they're looking at him at quarterback, because that's the first place you would obviously put a kid of that ability and then you go from there," Barden said.
Tate is also projected to be a high selection in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft. He's ranked the No. 2 overall prospect in the nation by Perfect Game.
Barden says Tate hasn't made any definite plans regarding whether he'll skip college for professional baseball.
"I'm sure he'll sign a college scholarship in February. And then in June, just like anybody else, if he's in the top ten picks he'd be crazy to not take the Major League Baseball route," Barden said. "If he's not in the top ten picks, who knows what his decision will be. I think that day in June will tell a lot about whether he goes to college or goes to professional baseball."
Tate told Inside Carolina last week: "I really haven't thought about that too much yet. Whenever the draft happens, whatever happens, happens. I'm not going to worry about it or get too caught up in it until after the draft."