The bigger college football recruiting gets, the less it seems players arrive on SEC campuses as crossover sports stars. However, Tim Tebow helped make being multidimensional fun again.
After struggling to find work in the NFL, Tebow worked out and signed a minor-league baseball contract with the New York Mets. With all the talented athletes in the SEC, we know he isn’t the only one who could cross over.
Here’s a group of SEC football players who could try switching sports if football didn’t work out.
Jake Fromm, Baseball
Ht/Wt: 6-foot-2, 225 pounds
It seems that the quarterback position has been hit hardest by young athletes specializing in just one sport. With so many quarterback camps and personal trainers, many top prospects refuse to put themselves in harm’s way when not on a football field. However, quarterbacks at Georgia are an exception.
Fromm played on his high school baseball team for the final time as a junior. Enrolling early meant he didn’t get to play his senior season, which would have just finished. However, Fromm led Houston County High School to the AAAAA state championship in Georgia after hitting a home run in the final game of the series. Funnily enough, his competition — Jacob Eason — hit a home run in his final at-bat as a high school baseball player.
— Jacob Eason (@skinnyqb10) May 24, 2015
Donte Jackson, Track
Ht/Wt: 5-foot-11, 173 pounds
There are several former track stars playing in the SEC, but Jackson is among the best of the bunch. While running track at LSU, Jackson has developed into a nationally competitive runner in the 60 meters.
While in high school, Jackson won Louisiana Class 4A 100-meter titles as a junior and senior with respective times of 10.42 seconds and 10.3 (both wind-aided). He recently ran a 10.23 at the SEC championships, and was part of the Tigers’ SEC championship 4×100 team. And that’s while training to be a football player.
A.J. Brown, Baseball
Ht/Wt: 6-foot-1, 225 pounds
Brown is the only player on this list actually following through. He was selected in the 19th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres and actually signed a minor-league contract with the club. Signing a professional deal only exhausts his baseball eligibility, allowing him to keep playing football.
During a standout senior season at Starkville High School, Brown hit .360 and was named an Under Armour All-American, becoming the second-ever player to be selected to both of Under Armour’s baseball and football all-star games. For his efforts, MS Preps named Brown its male athlete of the year.
Tony Brown, Track
Ht/Wt: 6-foot, 198 pounds
There’s SEC football players who run track, and then there’s Tony Brown at Alabama. In 2016, Brown was named a first team All-American in the 110-meter hurdles and finished sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He ran a 10.37-second time in the 100 meters at the SEC championships last week, just missing the finals, and anchored the Crimson Tide’s 4×100 team, which finished eighth.
Denzil Ware, Basketball
Ht/Wt: 6-foot-2, 245 pounds
Kentucky fans know just how dynamic Ware is on the edge. However, despite his severely limited height, Ware used to be a force inside for Big Blue Nation’s preferred sport: basketball.
Ware was named all-state as a basketball player as a bruising power forward at Crestview in Florida. The state of Florida, of course, produces as much collegiate talent as any place in the country, and Ware played in the second-biggest classification. He’d have to improve his perimeter skills, but maybe Ware could find the magic.