Jeff Driskel, the starting quarterback for the Florida Gators, has signed a Major League Baseball contract with the Boston Red Sox. But he wants to make one things clear: His immediate future is at Florida, and he believes his long-term future is in the NFL.
After signing with the Red Sox, Driskel released a statement saying that he wants to be a professional quarterback and isn’t actually planning on switching to baseball.
“I plan on focusing on football and finishing my college career with the Gators,” Driskel said. “After my college football career is over I want to pursue a professional career in the NFL. 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.”
Driskel hasn’t played baseball since high school, but the Red Sox think he’s talented enough that he could play in the Major Leagues if he ever changes his mind and decides to make baseball his primary sport. As a junior, Driskel would be eligible to declare for the 2014 NFL draft. In his first season as a starter in 2012, Driskel completed 156 of 245 passes for 1,646 yards, with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions.