One of the top two sport stars from the Peach State is Donavan Tate. Tate, from Cartersville (Ga.) High School, will have an opportunity to play both football and baseball at the next level. So far this season he's hitting .535 while manning center field.
"We are in the playoffs and play Elbert County on Friday," Tate said. "I probably won't play football again until August. I love both (baseball and football) but I can't wait to play football again. I do plan on playing both sports in college and all the schools said they are cool with that."
When it comes to football Tate is one of the very best in Georgia. He has excellent size (6-3,205) and athleticism. He played quarterback last season for the first time ever and showed a lively arm and the ability to run from the pocket. Tate also has super speed and can run with power.
"I have strong legs and a strong arm. I can run and run with power. I think as a quarterback I need to see the field better and read defenses better. I know that will come with more experience. Last season was my first at quarterback and I know I will feel more comfortable this season. I will also play safety. There, I just read the ball and go. I think that it really helps playing on offense and just watching film."
So the big question for Tate is what position will he play in college? He's certainly good enough to play on either side of the ball.
"It varies with the schools. Georgia and Michigan want me as quarterback while Florida USC and others like me as safety. To me, it really doesn't matter. I just want to play."
According to Tate he has two dozen or so scholarship offers and right now he's open.
"I am looking at everyone and I want to see what everyone has to offer."
Here is what Tate did say about some of the schools that have offered and that he's interested in.
"It would be great play for coach (Pete) Carroll and USC. He's exciting. USC is a powerhouse. California is so nice too.
"Texas has great baseball and football. I went there for a scouting combine in January so I visited (Austin) and really like it. They have great facilities.
"I like coach (Rich) Rodriguez at Michigan. I like the offense and think I fit it really well. It would be fun to play in the big house with all those fans.
"Georgia. It's UGA. It's where I am from. My mom and dad went there. I grew up on Georgia football.
"Florida has a great program in both football and baseball. I went down there for game last year and that stadium was crazy. It seems like a cool place.
"Alabama has coach (Nick) Saban. He came to the school and seems like a great guy to play for.
"I have been out to Arizona State a number of times for baseball tournaments and I really like it out there.
"I also grew up Miami fan. Miami is good and they have a great baseball program.
"I hope to narrow the list this fall after I see all the campuses again. I have seem just about all of them. Academics, baseball, playing time, tradition, and coaches will all be important factors in my decision."
Tate is a member of the Rivals100 and he comes in as the No. 83rd ranked player in the nation.