Jacob Nottingham is already committed to play baseball at Oklahoma. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect from Redlands (Calif.) is a catcher who could very well find himself playing on the diamond professionally within the next few years.
The problem (if you want to call it that) is that Nottingham is also a pretty good football player as well. While he is viewed as more of a baseball prospect, Nottingham believes there is a possibility he could play both sports in college.
"There's a really good chance," Nottingham said. "It depends how much of an opportunity I get (to play football)."
Nottingham's football ability has caught the attention of the Arizona football staff. The dual-sport prospect admits he has been in communication with the Wildcats coaches recently.
"They've talked about (giving me a scholarship)," Nottingham said. "I talked to them last Friday."
While the football staff is obviously recruiting Nottingham to play their sport, the Redlands product seemingly prioritizes baseball. The good news for the Arizona football staff is that the baseball program has also contacted Nottingham and there could be an opportunity for him to play both sports at UA.
"They were going to get back to me on that," Nottingham said. "I have been getting emails from the baseball team. I think they are going to try to set something up so I can talk to both."
Nottingham has what it takes to succeed as either a tight end or linebacker at the college level. While the potential is there for football, he acknowledges that baseball comes first. However, he is open to playing each sport in college.
"Baseball is my main sport," Nottingham said. "But playing both would be great. I love both of them."
Prying Nottingham away from Oklahoma to play football at Arizona is going to be a tough task for the Wildcats' coaching staff. He likes what he has seen at Oklahoma and is satisfied with his choice at this point in time.
"I love the school," Nottingham said. "I love the facilities and what they have. It's pretty good."
Even though Nottingham remains committed to OU, the idea of playing football, as well as baseball, is something that seemingly intrigues him. He isn't sure whether or not he is going to play football in college and he probably won't decide until some time around the end of his senior year in high school.
"Probably when I am close to being in college," Nottingham said.
Nottingham has options
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