Texas A&M quarterback signee opts for professional baseball
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]exas A&M signed a pair of 4-star quarterbacks in February, perhaps the top QB haul in the 2013 class. But after Thursday’s night first round of the Major League Baseball draft, that two is almost certainly down to one.
One of those signees, Kohl Stewart (6-3, 185) of Houston’s St. Pius X School, is also a pitcher with a 96-mile per hour fastball. He was chosen by the Minnesota Twins with the No. 4 pick.
“The Twins, they picked me, and they expect me to sign,” Stewart said during a post-draft conference call. “I’m not going to say 100 percent for sure, but I’m looking forward to joining the Twins organization. … I don’t want to say anything or pull anybody the wrong way, but I look forward to being a Twin.
Though the contract has not yet been signed, his father said the decision was all but made.
“He’s going to go (with the Twins),” Mark Stewart, told the Houston Chronicle. “You don’t get drafted fourth and not go. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime offer. He looked at me when they made the call and said, ‘Dad, I’m going to accept the (Twins’) offer.’ He’s made the decision, and he will talk to (A&M coach Kevin Sumlin).”
Stewart was Rivals’ No. 15 pro-style quarterback.
His opting to play professional baseball means that Kenny Hill (6-1, 205) of Southlake (Texas) Carroll — Rivals’ No. 4 dual threat quarterback — will likely be the Aggies’ lone newcomer at quarterback.
But don’t shed too many tears for Kevin Sumlin. Last week, Texas A&M received a verbal commitment from Kyle Allen (6-4, 195) from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain, rated the No. 1 pro-style QB in the 2014 class.
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