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Donovan Tate, Former Top MLB Prospect, Joining Arizona As A Quarterback

The former high draft pick is going to give college football a try.

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft has committed to playing football at the University of Arizona.

Donovan Tate, a former dual-sport athlete in baseball and football, will be joining the Wildcats' football program this summer as a quarterback.

The 26-year-old athlete is expected to compete for the starting job.

He'll be entering the program as a freshman.

Tate, a Georgia native, was committed to North Carolina for baseball and football coming out of high school. He was a four-star recruit.

After going No. 3 overall in the MLB Draft, though, Tate opted to go straight to the pros, signing with the San Diego Padres with a bonus of $6.7 million.

Tate's baseball career has been derailed by injuries and substance abuse problems. As of 2015, he had played in less than 200 professional games.