December 18, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina freshman Donavan Tate has left preseason camp to consider an offer to play baseball for the San Diego Padres.
Tate was a touted quarterback prospect from Cartersville, Ga., but he was also the third overall pick in the baseball's amateur draft this summer. The school says Tate arrived in Chapel Hill on Saturday and attended meetings and practices before leaving Wednesday morning.
Baseball draftees have until Monday to reach contract agreements with their teams. Coach Butch Davis has said Tate wants to play both sports at North Carolina, but signing with the Padres might be too good of an opportunity to pass up.
The team also said redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Kevin Bryant has decided not to return to the team.