Shea Patterson turned heads last month when his name was called in the Major League Baseball draft.
Now, he’s apparently gone one step further and signed a contract.
The Michigan quarterback has inked a deal with the Texas Rangers recently, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
Terms of the contract were not available, but Grant reports the deal would allow Patterson the option to make a run at professional baseball once his eligibility at Michigan lapses.
Patterson has two seasons of college-football eligibility left after transferring from the University of Mississippi, and he’s expected to compete for the starting job at Michigan this fall.
Still, he was selected in the 39th round – No. 1,169 overall – by the Rangers in June’s draft. A report from the Morning News then said Patterson, listed as a third baseman from Michigan, actually went through a pre-draft workout with Texas.
Patterson has no plans to play baseball at Michigan, and never played at Ole Miss. In fact, he hasn’t played organized baseball since his junior year of high school.
Shortly after he was selected last month, the official Twitter account for the Michigan football team tweeted out, “Shea Patterson has been selected in the #MLBDraft. But we know he’ll be with us this season. #GoBlue | #ProBlue”
Patterson got more good news earlier this week, when his younger brother, Nick, announced that Michigan offered him a football scholarship.
Michigan players are currently taking part in summer conditioning ahead of the start of fall camp, about a month away.