Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said he would be surprised if signee Jake Skole doesn’t go and play professional baseball.
Skole was selected by the Texas Rangers in the first round of Monday’s baseball draft. He had signed to play football for the Jackets, and was also going to play baseball. His brother, Matt, is Tech’s third baseman.
Johnson said he talked to Jake late Monday.
“I’m excited for Jake and his family,” Johnson said on Monday at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon. “Whatever happens, I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t go play baseball. He’d have to turn down a lot of money.
“If it doesn’t work out, we’d love to have him at Georgia Tech. I can’t imagine being 18 years old and having that opportunity. It’s going to be exicting.”
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Skole was going to try and sign with the Rangers, who selected him 15th overall.
“I always felt like I’d end up being a baseball player,” Skole told the paper’s website. “I was about to [play football] and then all this draft stuff started popping up. I figured I might be able to have a future in this.”
Borrowing from colleague Michael Carvell’s blog:
Skole’s baseball fortunes seemed bleak when he missed most of the regular season with a high-ankle sprain. However, Skole returned to Blessed Trinity’s team in time for the playoffs to put on a show for the MLB scouts. In 14 playoff games, Skole hit .452 with six home runs and 21 RBIs. In the Class AA semifinals against Georgia’s No. 1 pitching prospect, Cook’s Kaleb Cowart (97 mph, drafted No. 18 by the LA Angels), Skole was retired on a called third strike to lead off the game. He responded with a pair of line-drive hits in his next two plate appearances against Cowart.