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07:30 AM ET 07.05 | Fear not, Gators fans. Junior quarterback Jeff Driskel wants to assure Florida fans his focus will be on leading the Gators on the football field. He just wants to keep his options open once it's time to leave Gainesville. Driskel announced Thursday he has in fact signed with the Boston Red Sox, who selected him in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball draft last month. The signing occurred late Friday, and the club now has his MLB rights secured for six years. "After my college football career is over I want to pursue a professional career in the NFL," Driskel said in a statement. "If I ever decide I want to play baseball, I want to play with the Boston Red Sox who drafted me in the recent draft."

The Gainesville Sun

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July 5, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Pretty hard to beat a MLB contract. If both routes are real possibilities, he should give this serious thought.

July 5, 2013  08:13 AM ET

Drafted by the Red Sox but he wants to play in the NFL. Where is his best opportunity?

July 5, 2013  08:20 AM ET

He should go to the MLB if given the chance and is skilled. Opportunity to make more money. less chance of injury and the contracts are guaranteed.

July 5, 2013  08:24 AM ET

Pardon me if I'm mistaken, but don't MLB teams want draftees to start playing shortly after signing?

July 5, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Pardon me if I'm mistaken, but don't MLB teams want draftees to start playing shortly after signing?

Happens frequently, especially in the later rounds. They draft just to hold them, and see if it pays off. If not then no harm done. Later rounds have very little money involved...just the contract that says he is theirs for 6 years.

July 5, 2013  08:50 AM ET

So will he be the next Drew Henson or next John Elway?

July 5, 2013  08:50 AM ET

July 5, 2013  09:16 AM ET

One of my favorite songs (Hymns...along with Amazing Grace).

Yesterday I kept thinking I have to go to Church "tomorrow"....these mid-week holidays mess me up. LOL

July 5, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He should go to the MLB if given the chance and is skilled. Opportunity to make more money. less chance of injury and the contracts are guaranteed.

+1. I'll give you the rare endorsement on this comment, BS.

July 5, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

+1. I'll give you the rare endorsement on this comment, BS.

::picks self up and shakes head::

How did I get on the ground?

:)

July 5, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He should go to the MLB if given the chance and is skilled. Opportunity to make more money. less chance of injury and the contracts are guaranteed.

He was recruited by the UF baseball coach long before he was recruited by Meyer. Apparently he is a really good outfielder with a great arm and he has a powerful bat but missed more than would be liked.

July 5, 2013  10:48 AM ET

OF COURSE he should go the MLB route, he's an average QB.... at best.

July 5, 2013  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

OF COURSE he should go the MLB route, he's an average QB.... at best.

Plus ... standing around in the outfield for 160+ games a year is much safer than getting your head torn off 5-6 times a week in the NFL. Just sayin ...

July 5, 2013  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

::picks self up and shakes head::How did I get on the ground? :)

Even BS finds an acorn now and then.

July 5, 2013  12:39 PM ET

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July 5, 2013  12:39 PM ET

my friend's step-sister makes $69/hour on the laptop. She has been out of work for 6 months but last month her payment was $12919 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on this site.... www.cnn13.com

July 5, 2013  03:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

OF COURSE he should go the MLB route, he's an average QB.... at best.

He was picked in the 29th round in the baseball draft...How good of a baseball player does that make him?

July 5, 2013  04:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

He was picked in the 29th round in the baseball draft...How good of a baseball player does that make him?

Means he was a Junior who already decided to play football this year and has expressed an interest in playing in the NFL. They just wanted to lock up his rights.

That they drafted him when he didn't play in college speaks volumes.

July 5, 2013  04:05 PM ET

Kid's legit 6-5, 225 with a rocket arm, but I don't think he's going to win any games in the classroom. He should have picked baseball earlier, I doubt he'll ever make it in the NFL.

 
July 6, 2013  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

He was picked in the 29th round in the baseball draft...How good of a baseball player does that make him?

Probably better than someone drafted in the 30th round.

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