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Jake Skole took a long, extensive look at scholarship opportunities outside his Metro Atlanta comfort zone. In the end, however, the lure of Georgia Tech proved just too powerful for the two-sport athlete out of Roswell’s Blessed Trinity High School. Skole committed on Monday to play baseball and football for the Yellow Jackets.
“I had a lot of good options,” said Skole, who also considered Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State. “I just seemed like Georgia Tech was the place to be. They called and said they only had one scholarship left and they needed to know something so I decided to go ahead and do it.”
Jake’s brother Matt Skole is a sophomore third baseman for the Yellow Jackets. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder projects as a wide receiver or defensive back in college. He plays quarterback, wide receiver, running back and safety at Class AA Blessed Trinity. He’s also a highly-touted outfielder and lead-off hitter for the Titans.
Skole becomes the 11th commitment of the 2010 class for the Jackets, who will only be able to sign about 13 to 15 players next February.
Exactly which side of the football Skole will play at Tech is unclear.
“Right now they’re looking at him primarily as an athlete,” his father, Mike Skole, said. “When he gets there they’ll look and see where he fits best. He doesn’t give any indication one one way or another. He just wants to play football.”
But playing baseball was also important to Skole, who also happens to be very good at it. Good enough that Georgia, South Carolina and FSU were all willing to let him play both sports. Skole plays his summer travel ball with the East Cobb Yankees and was with them at a showcase event for scouts in Minneapolis earlier this summer.
Skole admitted that professional baseball is a dream for him.
“It is,” he said as he was getting taped up for Tuesday afternoon’s practice. “A lot depends on what goes on next year baseball-wise. [Being drafted] is a possibility. But I can’t look too hard into that. Right now I want to make sure I’m ready for college.”
How Skole will juggle both sports in the spring at Tech remains a question.
“Coach [Paul] Johnson and [baseball coach Danny] Hall have had many conversations about that,” Mike Skole said. “What Coach Johnson said is as long as you’re not a quarterback it’s not as big of a deal. He’ll be able to make it [for football practice] for some of it.”