As one of the top all-around athletes in the 2009 recruiting class, Donavan Tate has received scholarship offers from some of the top football programs in the nation. Among the schools that have jumped in early on the high school quarterback are Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Now, the defending national champions have entered into the race.
On Thursday, Tate found out about a new offer from LSU.
"My high school coach was going to tell me about the offer but they sent me a letter in the mail from Coach Miles," Tate said. "I still gotta call Coach Miles to make it official. That's a school I definitely would be interested in. The quarterback opportunity is exciting."
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Tate will be one of the top Major League Baseball prospects in the country this year, but on the football field he is being looked at both as a quarterback and as a safety. He says LSU appears interested in him on offense but Tate says it doesn't make a major difference to him.
"I assume they're looking at me as a quarterback because that's what they've been talking to my coaches about," he said. "I'm really not ruling out any position. Whatever opportunity is good for me whether it's in football or baseball, I'm going to be open to it."
Because of his prowess on the baseball diamond, Tate will be taking into account the baseball programs at all of the schools that are recruiting him, including LSU.
"I really don't know much about their baseball program," he said. "I think they've been pretty good and have been in the college world series. I'd be great to go to a school that is dominant in football or dominant in baseball but I'm really looking for a happy medium that has good program in both."
A Rivals100 prospect, Tate doesn't seem poised to make a decision anytime soon, in larger part due to his hectic baseball schedule.
"I don't really have much time to do anything football oriented right now," he said. "I want to get as much exposure as I can to all of the schools that I'm interested in."
Currently, Tate is in the midst of his high school baseball season and he will then move right into his summer baseball schedule with potentially some football camps squeezed in.