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Published: Monday, May 13 2013 5:15 p.m. MDT

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hi, UT

Take the money and run...or vice versa.

Overton, NV

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.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

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 route.

Glendora, CA

Go for it Jacob. Baseball, for the most part, is much safer than football. And your career can last longer too.

Enid, OK

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.


Spanish Fork, UT

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.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

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 great.

Go Utes!
Springville, UT

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.

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

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.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

He must be really good if he's #2 behind Hauge.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

As a star he would be a marked man in football. Maybe he does not want to field punts?

Lew Scannon
Provo, UT

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.

Mesa, AZ

Way to go bm in attempting to guilt the kid into continuing his College Football career. Classy.

Salt Lake City, UT

Go Utes!
Springville, UT
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.

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?

South Jordan, Utah

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.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

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.

Short Bald Honest
Las Cruces, New Mexico

"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.

Marysville, WA

@ 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 . . .

Mesa, AZ

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.

draper, UT

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 an Escalade.

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