Taken in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Boston Red Sox, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel signed with the club on Wednesday. The deal was first reported by a Boston radio station and later confirmed by Driskel’s father, who says his son will continue to play football at Florida.
As long as deal is baseball specific and he doesn’t sign any commercial endorsement deals, Driskel can remain NCAA eligible in football and on scholarship
Driskel’s mother denied the report Wednesday night but his father confirmed it an hour later. ”Heck yeah he signed,” Jerry Driskel said. “If football doesn’t work out, he’ll play baseball, but he’s still playing football [at Florida next season].”
When Driskel was drafted last month the news seemed to surprise even him. ”Got drafted by the Red Sox today. Did not see that coming,” he wrote on Twitter.
Update: Driskel posted this to his Twitter feed this morning.
Yes I signed with the Red Sox. Nothing changes. I am still a full time student athlete at UF, fully committed to playing football. #GoGators
— Jeff Driskel (@jeffdriskel) July 4, 2013