Comparing apples to Bubba

In Mondays Major League Baseball Draft the Kansas City Royals selected Bubba Starling with the number 5 overall pick.

You might have heard about it.

Starling is predicted to have anywhere from 6 to 10 million dollars offered to him to sign with Royals, and forget about football all together.  The problem is, Starling committed to the University of Nebraska last June to play quarterback for the Huskers. Starling will arrive in Lincoln in July for the summer semester of classes. He will go through summer work outs with the team, and has till August 15 to decide weather he will take the money and be a major leaguer, or will he come to Lincoln and be a signal caller for the Huskers.

A lot of the comparisons that Starling is receiving are to former North Carolina commit Donavan Tate. Tate was expected to be a member of the 2009  Tar Heel  recruiting class as a defensive back. Until he was picked in the 2009 MLB draft by the San Diego Padres with the number 3 over all pick. The Padres gave Tate a $6.7 million signing bonus to come to San Diego as a center fielder.

Tate has spent the last two seasons in the minors, and has not reached the majors yet.  This could weigh on the mind of Starling, is he willing to go play baseball in the minors, or will he want to come to Lincoln and see the field early.

There is no way that you redshirt an athlete like Bubba Starling if you are the NU coaching staff. They have showed the need for play makers. The NU coaching staff moved fellow freshman to be Jamal  Turner, to wide receiver in the Spring to get the talented youngster on the field.

If I had to give a percentage on the matter today I would give it about a %10 chance of Starling landing in Lincoln. The good news for Husker fans is, if you want to see Bubba play, Lincoln is only 45 minutes away from Omaha, Nebraska where the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple A affiliate of Kansas City Royals, play their games at.

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