Georgia Tech football recruit signs with Texas Rangers for $1.557 million bonus

Blessed Trinity’s Jake Skole officially gave up his Georgia Tech football career on Wednesday.

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Skole signed with the Texas Rangers for a bonus of $1.557 million, according to the Dallas Morning News. The speedy outfielder was drafted No. 15 overall by the Rangers on Monday.

Skole and six family members, including older brother and All-ACC third baseman Matt Skole, flew from Atlanta to Texas on Wednesday morning to work out a deal with team officials. They quickly came to terms, and Skole said he will report to either the Texas rookie-league team in Arizona or the low-Class A team in Spokane, Wash.

“Defensively, you could stick Jake in the big leagues today and he would look like any other outfielder because he can run down balls and can throw,” Georgia Tech baseball coach Danny Hall told the AJC on Wednesday night.

“Like with most guys, the big question is how much is he going to hit. If Jake hits, he will play in the big leagues for a long time because he can already do the defensive part of it.”

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Skole signed a football scholarship with Georgia Tech in February, picking the Yellow Jackets over UGA, Florida State and South Carolina, among others. Wednesday was a tough day for Tech’s football coaches, which also saw Wilcox County QB/DB Nick Marshall announce his commitment to archrival UGA after being a “silent commitment” to Tech. (Click here for story)

Would Skole consider playing football in the future for Georgia Tech if his football career doesn’t work out? As long as Skole does not enroll in any college classes, he would retain eligibility to play Div. I football, aka Chris Weinke and Quincy Carter.

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“No, I’m not thinking like that. Because if you do, they you leave it in your mind that there’s a chance you might not be successful in baseball,” Skole told the AJC earlier in the week. “So my mind is focused 100-percent on baseball, and being the best I can for the Texas Rangers …”

RELATED: Top football prospect commits to UGA after serious flirtations with archrival Georgia Tech (click here)

56 comments Add your comment

collegeballfan

June 9th, 2010
7:04 pm

So he is 18 years old and has a million bucks in the bank!

How many of us had a million bucks in the bank at 18?

Hey Dogtards

June 9th, 2010
7:09 pm

^ shoot how many of us have a million bucks in the bank now?

Bhorsoft

June 9th, 2010
7:12 pm

Gee, get $1.577 million (before taxes and expenses) for playing Class A ball… Or go to college for free (at least for a little while), play college football, maybe get injured ending my sports career, and end up selling insurance. In this case, a bird in hand is better than two in the bush.

poopdawg

June 9th, 2010
7:24 pm

Congratulations Skoles keep working hard.

poopdawg

June 9th, 2010
7:27 pm

Sorry Jake Skole , not Skoles .

bryan

June 9th, 2010
7:31 pm

i’d pay 1.5 mill to NOT go to GT. smart move kid, as im sure you would have hated playing on a sucky team for 4 yrs.

GT Joe

June 9th, 2010
7:37 pm

Hey bryan, Jake Skole views it different. He has baseball>GT>UGA (since he picked GT over UGA). So he’d rather “play on a sucky team for 4 years” than play for an even suckier UGA team. chump.

Football Fan

June 9th, 2010
7:39 pm

Tech’s recruiting class just plain sucks now. Georgia will continue to run this state for years.

bryan

June 9th, 2010
7:41 pm

joe go play with your star trek figurines. he knew how bad GT will be once they move to the gulf south conference where the option really shines

messin with sasquatch

June 9th, 2010
7:42 pm

they ruin this state – gaggers, of course…….

Jake Skole

June 9th, 2010
7:47 pm

hey guys, ya’ll the realignment thing really bothered me. I know that GT will continue to suckceed with that high octane offense. I just wish I coulda played for the top big 12 team in 2012

hoser

June 9th, 2010
7:48 pm

“bryan” quit sucking your thumb and milk the cow. Shine the rims on your trailer.Redneck!!!!

BobDog

June 9th, 2010
7:53 pm

Congratulations to Jake. All the best for a successful future to him.

Nick Marshall

June 9th, 2010
7:53 pm

great move Jake. Gotta jump off that sinking ship my friend. I did and am now part of the “DREAM TEAM BABY!!!!!”

Saint Simons

June 9th, 2010
7:58 pm

I guess he didn’t want to experience the next 4 years of his life experiencing a beatdown from UGA football!!!

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!!!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!

HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHA!!!!!!

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SOOHSO

June 9th, 2010
8:03 pm

No comment. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

RobbieDawg85

June 9th, 2010
8:10 pm

hoser

June 9th, 2010
8:10 pm

Yep..that UGA is a real powerhouse football program. LMAO!

Saint Clarkston

June 9th, 2010
8:19 pm

Wow. He won’t have the opportunity to go 6-6 next year and to the Dawgs for 4 straight years.

Glory Glory

June 9th, 2010
8:36 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA!!!!!

What an AWESOMELY horrible day for Tech Athletics.

1. Wake up to the news your “top double secret probation” QB recruit chose that instead of playing QB for that crappy a** Triple Option, he would go play DEFENSE for UGA!!!

2. The Nerds are the hit with the news that the OH-SO HATED Dawgs ranked 2nd in the SEC in their APR. It KILLS them that they may not be able to throw academic jokes around anymore. IN FACT…. UGA scored a 973 on their APR to Georgia Tech’s 967…… HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

3. This Skole kid they have been raving about decides to take the money and run. Can’t blame him. Not for the money, but for not wanting to live in the North Ave Ghetto for 4 years.

GLOR GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!!

Great day to be a DAWG…..hell, it’s ALWAYS a great day to be a DAWG!!!!

Rick

June 9th, 2010
8:44 pm

Glory Glory
I’m a gt grad, retired at 48, own my own home outright, drive a 2009 lexus, have a hot wife with 2 beautiful children and have over 4 million in net assets. Yes it sucks to be a yellow jacket. You’re a clueless idiot.

Eric

June 9th, 2010
8:55 pm

Skole just made more today than Glory will in his entire lifetime. Now that is funny!

Glory Glory

June 9th, 2010
8:55 pm

Rick…..

nobody said anything about your fine school…… just your HORRIBLE Athletics Program.

(((((973-967)))))
(((((30-24)))))
(((((73-66)))))

sam

June 9th, 2010
9:10 pm

the Rangers is Winning 2 to 8 in the 4th inning

Rick's got it all

June 9th, 2010
9:12 pm

Oooooh you drive a lexus and have a hot wife and you’re rich….yada yada….you also have zero personality and no life if you are bragging about your riches on an article about an 18 year old kid signing a baseball contract. YES, it sucks to be a yellow jacket especially Rick. I guess your money will never buy you class or humility.

QUEEN

June 9th, 2010
9:26 pm

Another One Bites the Dust………

Hometowndawg

June 9th, 2010
10:31 pm

Rick – Thats all you have at 48. That 4 mill will not take you very far at your age. What do they teach at that trade school.

jack

June 9th, 2010
11:19 pm

Blessed Trinity,,,, surely becoming a baseball factory !!!! GO TITANS !!!!!!!!

GT Fan...

June 9th, 2010
11:28 pm

The $$ (finacially future being set) is almost impossible to pass on. However, my prediction, based on what I’ve read regarding Skole, is that he will be out of baseball within 5 years.

The ratings # on this guy in football was nothing to get hyped about, and the word was he was going to “walk on” to the baseball team? Seems to me if he’s the 15th best baseball prospect in all the land, then why wasn’t he on a BASEBALL scholarship with a plan to “walk-on” to the football team? I must be missing some information regarding the scholarship process.

Hunkerdown

June 10th, 2010
12:46 am

Can’t blame a young man to seize opportunity when it presents itself. Things happen for a reason and I am sure now this opens up a scholarship at GT for some lucky individual and he will make the best of it and represent the Bee’s well. Good luck with the Rangers and stay healthy jake.

Asheville Dawg

June 10th, 2010
8:07 am

I always tell 18 year old kids, that if someone offers you $1.5 from legal sources, take the money. You can always get an education but may never be offered the big bucks again.

Geez, GT Fan...

June 10th, 2010
8:16 am

…yes, you are missing some information regarding the scholarship process – like the fact you can only be on ONE scholarship at a college, and since he signed for a football ’ship first then he cannot accept a baseball ’ship, too…

Yes, GT Fan...

June 10th, 2010
8:20 am

…the one scholarship deal is just like the recent commitment to the UGA football team that is going to “walk-on” to the UGA basketball team, even though he is All-World as a basketball player with offers to play b-ball from a bunch of well known basketball schools. Only one scholarship can be signed…if you play 2 sports (or more – ie. Dave Winfield at Michigan State) then you have to “walk-on” to the sports in which you have no scholarship…

steverino

June 10th, 2010
9:29 am

Baseball is Jake’s game. As far as football goes, a decent prospect…but not a make or break signee in Tech’s class. This is not a surprising development whatsoever.

PMC

June 10th, 2010
9:34 am

When you think about it a 4 year education at even the most expensive school costs at most 130-150K.

He just earned over a million for starters… less taxes he could pay for his schooling several times over and buy a house and a car out right which are the big expenses for most of us.

This is a teriffic decision for him and it’s not like college is going anywhere if and when he feels the need to return.

PMC

June 10th, 2010
9:35 am

Good luck Jake. Congrats and save your money man.

the Truth

June 10th, 2010
9:40 am

Rick let me be the judge if your wife is HOT. Post a link. I bet she is a pig.

the Truth

June 10th, 2010
9:43 am

GT Grads – suck at life.

The ONLY one

June 10th, 2010
9:43 am

This young man is the ONLY committ so far that might possibly have been good enought to ever play college football. Now? He has bolted!

CPJ assured us that AL Groh and his NFL contacts would deliver big time HS kids. Well, where are they? We have not gotten a comittment from anybody that will ever play for GT.

Why is Al not delivering for Tech? He might be too old and his Johnny Unitas or Jimmy Brown recollections may not have an impact with today’s kids.

Are we in trouble?

Great Reporting

June 10th, 2010
9:55 am

This is a big story, and you guys reported it only 48 hours after the rest of the world knew what was going down. And you wonder why newspapers are dying?

The Dogfighter Returns

June 10th, 2010
10:05 am

Tech recruits are smart. easy decision here. show me the money. A Ugay recruit would have declined the signing bonus and gone to college with the hope of a bigger payday.

Michael you made a booboo:

“Would Skole consider playing football in the future for Georgia Tech if his football career doesn’t work out? As long as Skole does not enroll in any college classes, he would retain eligibility to play Div. I football, aka Chris Weinke and Quincy Carter.”

You meant to say if his baseball career is a failure not football.

Ron G

June 10th, 2010
10:30 am

I have known this kid since he was 9 years old, he is a fine young man, and we are very happy and proud of him. This was the right decision, you can get hurt and have to work 10 – 20 years to earn this type of money. Congratulations Jake and best wishes.

GT Insider

June 10th, 2010
10:32 am

I heard that Paul Johnson sent Jake a photo of himself without a shirt on in a last ditch attempt to change his mind. I’m hopeful that this will work out and Jake will be busy on Thursday nights for a long time.

Please

June 10th, 2010
10:33 am

He will pay GT and CPJ to never, ever contact him again. If he decides to play NCAA football, he will go SEC. This committ was only a gratuitous nod toward GT ……..all for nada.

AAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Glory Glory

June 10th, 2010
11:05 am

Does it really matter if the APR at UGA is higher if the degree is in Sports Studies?

WhatDidImiss

June 10th, 2010
12:44 pm

When UGA has questions like “How many points is a 3 point field goal worth?” on an exam, how could you even miss getting a perfect score? I don’t think I would be bragging about a 973 when the exam questions are so easy my 5 year old grandson could answer them.

Jason

June 10th, 2010
1:54 pm

When are you guys going to realize that Brandon Reed from Ark State is transfering to GT? Happen a few days ago and nothing from the AJC! Unbelivable!!

Jake Skole

June 10th, 2010
2:52 pm

I told everyone I could not deal with looking at CPJ big man boobs for four years.

Not Disappointed!

June 10th, 2010
3:21 pm

I wish the best for this young man. Ramblin Wreck out!