By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
When Tommy Tuberville announced his resignation at Auburn a few months ago, there was a question as to how Parkview running back Brandon Jacobs would react. Would he abandon his commitment to the Tigers and choose Florida instead?
On Wednesday, the answer became clear: Neither Auburn nor Florida will see him on the football field. A third party — baseball fans know them as the Boston Red Sox — will get Jacobs after his selection in the 10th round of the Major League draft on Wednesday. He expects to sign a contract worth at least $500,000 — and perhaps as high as $800,000.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” Jacobs told AuburnSports.com. “I based the decision on the money. Being offered that much is hard to turn down, especially from a great team like the Red Sox. It just seemed like the perfect opportunity to me to go ahead and start a career.”
Jacobs likely would not have played this season at Auburn anyway. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound outfielder was also a Class AAAAA all-state running back who rushed for 1,575 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns last season. He got the Red Sox’ attention by hitting .511 with seven homers and 16 RBIs with a 1.307 slugging percentage.
“It was a tough decision,” Jacobs said. “It came down to a decision between me and my parents and what we thought would be best. It’s going to be tough giving up football but I think I can do it.”