Former baseball first-round pick Jake Skole commits to Georgia football

Jake Skole (Photo: 247Sports)

Jake Skole (Photo: 247Sports)

Jake Skole was a three-star football prospect at Blessed Trinity High School (Roswell, Ga.) who had committed to Georgia Tech for football and baseball in the Class of 2010.

But after graduation, he was drafted in the first round  — 15th overall — by the Texas Rangers, beginning a pro baseball career and putting football in his past. The Rangers viewed him as a future centerfielder with speed and power, despite his having missed most of his senior season with injuries.

Skole’s plans have changed and he decided to abandon his baseball dreams and committed Saturday to the University of Georgia to play football.

He plans to enroll in January and will play on the defensive side, although whether he’s a linebacker or defensive backs is to be determined. He was 6-1, 190 when he left high school and is now 6-2, 215.

“I felt like I was spinning wheels some in baseball and I did not want that window for football to close up,” Skole told 247Sports, which broke the story. “Kirby [Smart] was the first one to reach out to me, once baseball season ended and he made it seem like he would really like to have me a lot. He gave me the basic stuff for a recruit, but it was funny doing it all over again five years later, it was fun though.”

He was being recruited this time by Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida State among others and said one of the reasons he chose Georgia was because the Bulldogs staff saw him as a defensive player.

Skole spent most of this season with the Tampa Yankees in the Class A Florida State League, hitting .202 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 65 games after starting the season with a brief appearance at Double A Trenton in the Eastern League. For his career, he hit .227 with 35 home runs and 242 RBI in 661 games.