Draft Not Altering Linton's Path

North Carolina signee Ty Linton was drafted in the 14th round (No. 421 overall) of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Regardless, the two-sport star's path remains unchanged.

"[Arizona] knows – everybody knows – I'm really set on coming to school," Linton said. "It's always been a dream of mine to play at Carolina. And I'm going to be at Carolina unless life changing money comes my way. But until that happens, I'm going to be at Carolina and I'm going to be getting ready to come to school, and I'm going to be treating it like I'm fighting for a starting job – nothing changes for me."

"Life changing money" would be the seven-figure contracts the high round selections are being offered. Arizona thus far isn't offering anything close to that.

"I'm definitely, 100-percent coming to Carolina," Linton said. "If someone was throwing life changing money my way then that would be a whole other story. But the case right now, it's not up for discussion."

Regardless, Arizona will continue to negotiate with Linton's parents up until the mid-August deadline.

"We asked for a certain number and it didn't come about so we're going with Plan A," Linton said.

Linton had been following the draft online the past couple of days. When his name was finally called, he was more relieved than excited.

"Actually, the process was very hectic," Linton said. "I'm glad it's over with. Now, I get a chance to take a step back and take a breath…

"Being drafted is a privilege. Not too many people can say they've been drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft. It's another thing that I've accomplished."

Ironically, Linton is currently in Arizona. Since graduating from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian on May 22, he's been in Tempe working out at Athletes Performance Institute, which is a private personalized performance training facility.

Linton will remain in Arizona until this weekend. He will then enroll at UNC on Monday morning.

Since being drafted, Linton, who plans on playing both football and baseball at UNC, has spoken to both Mike Fox, UNC's baseball manager, and Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator.

"They told me congratulations and they can't wait to see me Monday morning," Linton said.

Linton is projected to play a hybrid safety/outside linebacker for UNC's football team. However, for his freshman year, he's more likely to see the field on special teams.

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