MLB Draft affects two SEC programs
Whenever Johnny Manziel decides to enter his name in the NFL Draft, Texas A&M will not be able to insert Kohl Stewart's name into the starting lineup.
The highly rated Class of 2013 quarterback was drafted No. 4 overall Thursday night by the Minnesota Twins in Major League Baseball's entry draft, which means he will pursue his professional baseball career rather than taking reps as a signal-caller with the Aggies. While Stewart loves A&M, his passion is on the diamond. Stewart's father told the Houston Chronicle that his son will accept the Twins’ offer and will soon talk to Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin.
Of course, the loss of Stewart will not hurt as much as Aggies fans may think, as Sumlin and Co. received a verbal commitment earlier this week from Arizona's Kyle Allen, one of the best signal-callers in the Class of 2014. Allen, freshman Matt Davis, sophomore Matt Joeckel and true freshman Kenny Hill are in line to battle for the starting job next year if Manziel decides to opt early for the NFL.
Meanwhile, the fate of another SEC West quarterback has yet to be decided.
Mississippi State's Cord Sandberg, who was one of the nation's best dual-threat quarterback recruits in this year's class, will have to decide whether he wants to play baseball professionally or honor his commitment to Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs. Which MLB team he lands with could have an impact on his final decision. If he doesn't like the situation, Mississippi State could still very much be an option.
The first two rounds of the draft are over, and Sandberg has yet to be selected. And that's good news for Bulldog fans hoping Sandberg honors his commitment. If he does, he will likely redshirt this fall for the football team and play baseball for the Bulldogs next spring. He would then be primed to battle Dak Prescott for the starting quarterback job next year with Tyler Russell gone.
Sandberg, a native of Bradenton, FL, has drawn comparisons to former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. The left-hander also considered offers from Auburn, LSU and Missouri before deciding on Mississippi State.