Not quite how I remember high school football.
We thought that the Jays were going to have to get creative to make good on the aggressiveness of their draft, and it sounds as though they’ve done just that, as Jim Callis reports that sources are telling him that they are going to sign Anthony Alford, the third round pick with, by all accounts, some serious first round talent.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) June 8, 2012
Callis has more at Baseball America, explaining that the Jays “will allow him to play football for the [Southern Miss.] Golden Eagles. His bonus hasn’t been confirmed yet, but may be close to double the $424,400 value assigned to the 112th overall pick.”
In addition to being a highly sought after football recruit, “the 6-foot, 200-pounder offers tantalizing potential on the diamond as well as an outfielder with plus-plus speed and good power potential,” Callis writes.
I have no fucking clue how this gets by the NCAA, but apparently the fact he’s turned pro in one sport doesn’t impact his eligibility in another. Mike Cormack of Sportsnet tells us as much, pointing out that “just last summer, the Blue Jays reached a similar agreement with undrafted free agent outfielder, and Rice University wide receiver, Luke Wilson.”
Chris Toman of MLB.com spoke to Alford this morning, and adds on his North of the Border blog that Alford “will fly to Florida on Saturday to meet with the Blue Jays brass.”
“I will play football and I will play baseball,” said Alford in a brief phone interview, according to Toman.
So… um… awesome!
More on Alford in our post from earlier in the week.
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