With college football in high gear, the following post is dedicated to the surprising number of baseball prospects playing college football this season.
Jake Locker (QB, Washington)—Locker would rank among the top 50 prospects in baseball if he passed on the NFL. Angels scouts were so impressed with Locker’s performance in the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League that they paid $200,000 for his rights in case he ever decided to give up football. Pretty amazing considering Locker has never played on his college baseball team.
Chad Jones (S, LSU)—Jones was a solid baseball player at Southern Lab High School in Baton Rouge. Last season, he decided to play on LSU’s baseball team. With little pitching experience, he showed unbelievable potential. Very few left-handed pitchers who throws a mid-90’s fastball with very little formal training.
Other big-name college football players who also play baseball include: Kyle Parker (QB, Clemson), Russell Wilson (QB, N.C. State), Golden Tate (WR, Notre Dame), Toby Gerhart (RB, Stanford), and Riley Cooper (WR, Florida)