Take the money and run...or vice versa.
Definitely take the money and run. If he really does have a good chance of
playing Major League baseball, don't risk an injury playing football. Go
for the guaranteed money of a baseball contract over the outside chance of a
non-guaranteed NFL contract any day.
As much as BYU needs him on the football team, especially in the defensive
backfield . . . there's a lot of money in Major League Baseball. If
he's got a legit shot at professional baseball he would be smart to go that
Go for it Jacob. Baseball, for the most part, is much safer than football. And
your career can last longer too.
Anybody remember a guy by the name of Kyle Morrel?He came to BYU as
a 2-sport athlete...football and baseball. Ultimately he gave up baseball to
concentrate on football and became a 4-yr letterman, 3 yr starter at
free-safety, senior captain, senior All-American and drafted by the Vikings in
the 4th round (back in the day when they had 12 rounds so that's like being
a 2nd/3rd rounder now).Started one game in the NFL and then got
hurt, hung out on the injured reserve list for a while and then was out of the
league.Man, that guy could play.Good luck with the
decision THIS guy has to make. Choose wisely. With sincere prayer and humility
the Lord WILL show you the best way forward.GO COUGARs!
The 3 previous comments are all about the money. But there is much more to life
than money, which he seems to understand. He will consider all the factors, and
take it to the Lord, who is the only one who knows what is best for him in the
long run. Hopefully he will make the right decision, regardless of the money.
It's impressive to be able to dominate multiple sports like this. It looks
to me like this guy can't lose, no matter what he chooses. If it's me
though, I take baseball. It's easier on the body and the money would be
Stay and get your education. That is, after all, the point of going to
college. Baseball and football cannot last forever so invest in your future and
get a good degree that will serve you your whole life.
I have to agree with the comments that an education in the long run will be
worth more. There are pros and cons for both. Ultimately it is his decision. We
from the outside are not entitled to what is right for him. I hope we all
respect HIS decision. But I do think it is a good problem to have. Best of luck and we will support you.
He must be really good if he's #2 behind Hauge.
As a star he would be a marked man in football. Maybe he does not want to
Great situation to be in. Of course he has yet to show (or to know perhaps) what
he can do on the football field at the college level. But if it comes down to a
decision between a lucrative baseball contact and an education, take the money.
You can get a degree during the off-season, as many baseball players have done.
That is not an either-or decision. You can do both. If it's a decision
between major league baseball and college football, now that would be an
either-or proposition and a difficult decision. My guess is that he has little
to lose by waiting a year. If he does well on the football field and has another
stellar season for BYU baseball, that will make the decision harder next year,
but his price may also rise.
Way to go bm in attempting to guilt the kid into continuing his College Football
Go Utes!Springville, UTStay and get your education. That is,
after all, the point of going to college. Baseball and football cannot last
forever so invest in your future and get a good degree that will serve you your
whole life.------Many -- I'd say most of the wisest --
work and go to school simultaneously. School is more relevant, because they see
the day-to-day application, so they are much better prepared to excel when the
finish school.Take the money. Is the Danny Ainge option
available? Play baseball professionally, and then football in the fall? May
not be a viable option since baseball and football overlap more than baseball
and basketball, but is it an option?
Take the money! As much as I would like to see him in Cougar Blue for both
football and baseball, opportunities to play professionally are few and far
between. As far as his education, I am pretty sure that all professional
baseball contracts agree to pay the athlete's education after his
professional career is over.
There are one thing to think about - EDUCATION. Yes, baseball is a long time
investment and same with education. I don't know, you're on your own.
We can use a good cornerback that we haven't seen for sometime but playing
in NFL is a high risk. I don't know and I don't understand this should
be news here. Good luck on your choices.
"I wouldn't want to do that church ball and that church softball
stuff."Hey!! now your stepping on some toes. :-) Good-luck,
enjoy the ride. Everyone has to hang up the equipment eventually.
@ Go Utes! :"Stay and get your education. That is, after all,
the point of going to college."Never thought I'd agree with
a Uter fan, but there's a first time for everything. Tough call,
especially if there is big money, but unless it is an incredible situation,
I'd say stay and get the education first. You'll never regret having
the degree. That said, if there's 7 figures in the signing bonus, you can
always come back . . .
I've known Brian Banks, personally, his entire lifetime.Has
anybody else ever made it big out of byu's baseball program?Remember this, before you become incredulous and wish to spew vitriol in my
direction, I was born/raised on ASU Baseball and remain a season ticket holder
to this day....ASU Baseball is, unequivocally, one of the nation's ELITE
programs....BB s/h stayed home and played for ASU, instead.
He will get all of his school paid for by the organization that signs him. He
better sign or else he will lose money next year because of his age from going
on a mission. So sign get some money, go to school until your 30, play in the
big leagues, raise a family in Alpine, get your high school coach fired, drive
AZUTE1"Has anybody else ever made it big out of BYU's
baseball program?"Wally Joyner, Cory Snyder, Vance Law, and
Kevin Tower (whom you should know) to name just a few.
Uteanymous"Wally Joyner, Cory Snyder, Vance Law, and Kevin Tower
(whom you should know) to name just a few."Who? Furthermore,
you state, "to name a few", as if this list of yours were exhaustive or
Jacob and his family should talk and listen closely to Coach Littlewood's
advice.Coach's son was a 2nd round pick/5 tool player coming out of
HS.His son continues to struggle for whatever reason in his 3rd year with
the Mariners.Jacob's only minus is his arm...However, there are
4 tool players who have played many years.Jacob currently exists in a very
supportive environment in Provo.When he signs the contract, all that type
of support evaporates.Living the life of a professional baseball player
below the Major League level can be very stressful for anyone let alone an
RM.The fact that he is considering marriage creates/perhaps solves other
problems/issues.At any rate, if he signs and eventually gets released he
can always return to finish his education.Best wishes for Jacob as he
moves forward with his life.
Jack Morris is another BYU product that made it big in the major leagues.
Nice eye for talent Vance Law
@azuteDane Iorg, Rick Aguilera, are a couple of more.I
like how you try to be a utah "fan" when you think that fits your hate
agenda and then try to claim asu when you think that fits your hate agenda.BYU has a long and excellent history in baseball and has turned out
quite a few very good, to excellent, major league players. No they are not asu,
few schools are as far as baseball is concerned, but your other supposed school
utah is nothing in comparison to BYU. No one has come out of utah and been any
sort of major leaguer and they still are terrible.