Posted: 6:49 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013
By Jason Lieser
Jeff Driskel could leave Florida for the pros. In baseball.
Driskel, the Gators’ starting quarterback, was selected by the Boston Red Sox today in the 29th round (863rd overall) of the Major League Baseball Draft as an outfielder. He just finished his sophomore year at UF, but a Red Sox spokesperson said he is draft eligible because he enrolled at the school in the 2010-11 academic year, essentially making him a junior by MLB’s standards.
Driskel, 20, was a promising prospect while at Hagerty High School in Oviedo, but skipped his senior year of baseball in order to enroll early at Florida and go through spring practice with the football program.
In his junior year at Hagerty, he batted .330. His father said scouts told him he was a good enough center fielder to go in the top 100 picks out of high school. Driskel considered playing two sports in college, but opted to concentrate entirely on football.