Shaquille Thompson, a key member of Washington's 2012 football recruiting class, was drafted in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday, by the Boston Red Sox. Thompson said he will play baseball this summer before reporting to UW.
Shaquille Thompson, one of the marquee members of Washington’s 2012 football recruiting class, was taken in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday, selected 571st overall by the Boston Red Sox.
A right-handed outfielder, the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder told The Sacramento Bee that he is looking to sign with the Red Sox while still continuing to play football at Washington. NCAA rules allow for an athlete to play professionally in one sport while remaining eligible in another — Jake Locker signed with the Angels before the 2009 season, for instance, though he never played in games, and then played out the last two years of his UW career.
Thompson hit .305 for Grant High in Sacramento this spring but intrigued scouts with the same athleticism that made him the consensus No. 1 safety prospect in the nation last year.
Thompson said after signing with UW that he hoped to get drafted and play baseball in the summers and then play football with Washington in the fall. Huskies coaches agreed during the recruiting process to let Thompson play both sports.
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