Jacobs Makes Pick Between Baseball, Football

Auburn football signee Brandon Jacobs tells Inside the Auburn Tigers his plans after being selected by the Boston Red Sox.

Lilburn, Ga.--When Auburn's coaches recruited two-sport star Brandon Jacobs they realized that just because he signed a football scholarship with Auburn there was no guarantee he would report to campus to play college football.

On Wednesday Jacobs was selected in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Boston Red Sox. The running back/linebacker tells Inside the Auburn Tigers he is opting for baseball.

"I am excited about being drafted by the Red Sox although I was expecting to go anywhere between rounds three and six," says Jacobs, who notes that he has negotiated a deal with the Red Sox. "That is going to take me out of football," he says.

The 318th overall pick in the draft, he says the Red Sox will also pay for his college education as part of the deal. "I will probably sign my contract this week and after that I will report to their team in Fort Myers (Florida)," he says.

Originally committing to Tommy Tuberville's staff, he stuck with the Tigers during the change in coaching staffs with Gene Chizik taking over in December and signed with Auburn in February.

The 5-11, 237-pounder rushed for 1,575 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior while earning Class AAAA honors at Parkview High School.

In baseball he hit .511 with seven homers this spring and showed a strong arm and excellent speed in the outfield. "I had a real good senior season in baseball," he notes.

It was a very tough decision for me," adds Jacobs, the nephew of former Auburn and NFL star football player Steve Wallace. "It was a long thought process making the decision. I just sat down and decided that I wanted to play for the Red Sox."

He notes that he also heard from other Major League teams who were interested in signing him, but decided to take an offer from the Red Sox.

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