Monday, August 10, 2009

Tate arrives at UNC

As scheduled, freshman Donavan Tate arrived at UNC on Saturday and has been attending meetings but is not participating in practice, a school spokesman said.

Tate was the third overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft in June and has until Aug. 17 to negotiate a contract with the San Diego Padres.

His options include signing a deal with the Padres, enrolling at UNC or neither and re-entering the MLB Draft in 2010. If Tate enrolls at UNC, he would not be eligible for the MLB Draft until after his third season (2012).

Tate can practice with UNC (without enrolling) and still negotiate with the Padres without compromising his baseball status with the NCAA.

Tate's listed at quarterback on UNC's roster and media guide. He played both quarterback and safety in high school in Cartersville, Ga.

-- J. P. Giglio