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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Donavan Tate is listed as an "athlete" in his recruiting scouting reports -- he has played wide receiver, safety, cornerback and quarterback at Cartersville High School in Georgia, and he is a serious baseball player.
When North Carolina coach Butch Davis watches film of Tate, though, he sees a quarterback, and that's where Tate will line up first when he arrives on campus.
"That was our vision for him," Davis said at Wednesday's signing day press conference. "He was an unbelievably gifted athlete. You can watch the video highlights and you can see all kinds of stuff, you can see him playing running back, you can see him playing corner and safety and wide receiver for his high school team, but the moment at which they moved him to quarterback, you just saw an extremely talented athlete -- somebody that's got a lot of skills, a lot of charisma, a lot of poise."
Tate and Bryn Renner, who both signed letters of intent to play for Carolina on Wednesday, might usher in an era of more athletic quarterbacks in Chapel Hill. They both can run when a play breaks down and have the speed to make something happen. Renner has impressive arm strength, and good vision and awareness. (His video is worth watching). Tate is a dual threat who is likely to follow the ACC quarterback trend of playing baseball, too. That is, if he doesn't get drafted, first.
"I think he loves the idea of coming here and being a multisport athlete," Davis said. "He cherishes the idea of going to college. Can money change an 18-year-old kid's mind? Certainly, absolutely I think it can. But in talking with his mom, I think she and Donovan both, they love the fact that this university provided them with just about absolutely everything they dreamed about -- a great football opportunity, a great baseball opportunity, a great education, close to home. I mean, it was like a home run with just about everything we were able to present to him as options as to why Carolina as opposed to the other options, so we'll see."