USC is High on Tate's List
Donavan Tate is a 6'3", 195 lbs. athlete from Carterville High School (Georgia) who is looking to play both baseball and football at the collegiate level. Tate is an early Scout.com Top 100, 4-star safety/RB/QB. He is on the Southeast 50 to watch list. In his junior season, Tate played quarterback for Carterville.
The two-sport athlete is looking for a college that has a good football and baseball program. Both his mother and father attended the University of Georgia and would like to see him attend the university, but encourage Tate to choose the college he is most comfortable with.
Tate has had USC on his list for a long time, and in fact was offered a scholarship for baseball early on. One of his dreams was realized when Coach Pete Carroll offered him a football scholarship on February 20.
According to his mother, Traci Sims, Tate is an all-around athlete. She said, "He's played running back, receiver, safety and this year, he was a quarterback by default." She continued, "Donavan is really good that way, he'll play any position the team asks him to play."
As far as colleges go, USC has long been on his list of interests. Said Sims, "He's really looking for a school that has a good football and baseball program. Both his father and I attended the University of Georgia and would like to see him go there, but we really encourage him to step out on his own and make his own decision instead."
About his offer to USC, Sims related, "He received a letter from the baseball program a while back. On February 20, Coach Carroll gave him an offer. The coaches have been very good about keeping in contact with Donavan for a long time."
Tate has just started baseball season and isn't ready to make a decision at this point. He is getting information on his recruiting while he continues his baseball schedule.
When asked about the schools that he favors, Donavan Tate said, "It's really an honor and a great opportunity to receive these offers from any big school, like Southern Cal, Georgia and Florida. Some of the offers I have received include: Georgia, USC, Florida, Texas and Arizona State." He is not ready to finalize his list of favorites. Said Tate, "I am going to leave the door open, and not commit a year early like some of these other recruits. I will be taking my five visits and make my decision sometime in February, probably on Letter of Intent Day."
On deciding between college or a possible early baseball draft, Tate commented,"It would be an honor to get drafted early, but school is important too. Education and just to be in college is a great opportunity." As far as his grades go, he said, "My mother doesn't let me play sports if I don't have good grades, so my grades are good. I took the SAT a couple weeks ago and I'm waiting for the results." Tate says all of the schools that have offered him have done so for both sports. Some of his offers are for quarterback and some are as a safety.
He is a two-way player in football. Tate said, "In my sophomore year I played both sides of the ball. As a junior, we didn't have a back-up quarterback, so I only played safety the last three games of the season. I will play both sides of the ball next year."
Discussing his summer plans, Tate said, "Summer is baseball season for me. I won't go to any camps, I may do a passing league in my hometown, but I focus mainly on baseball in the summer. I play center field in baseball."
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