Dad confirms Driskel's signing

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel was drafted in the 29th round of June's MLB draft.

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Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:58 p.m.

Florida starting quarterback Jeff Driskel may not be done with baseball after all.

A two-sport athlete in high school at Oviedo Hagerty, Driskel was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 29th round of the MLB Draft last month.

Shortly after the surprising selection, former UF baseball player Brian Johnson asked him on Twitter if he planned to sign with the club. Driskel replied, “no sir lol.”

But Boston signed the junior on Wednesday according to Alex Speier of Driskel's father, Jerry, confirmed the report with Dieter Kurtenbach of the Sun Sentinel and said his son will continue playing for the Gators.

Driskel is not the first Florida football player to sign with an MLB team while still in school. Former receiver Riley Cooper (2006-2009) signed with the Texas Rangers during the summer of 2009 but returned for his senior season that fall, while former quarterback Doug Johnson (1996-1999) was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as a freshman and played two summers of minor league baseball for the organization before completing his college football career.

Driskel can remain NCAA eligible and on scholarship at UF as long as the money and/or benefits he receives from the Red Sox are baseball-specific and he doesn't sign any commercial endorsement deals.

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