Congratulations to football signee Jake Skole and his family as Jake was chosen last night by the Texas Rangers with the 15th pick in this year's MLB draft. Skole, who was scheduled to begin school this Fall & play safety for the Jackets, looks to be headed toward baseball and we can't blame him as he's got plenty of incentive; last year's 15th pick in the draft, Alex White (Cleveland Indians) was given a $2.25 million signing bonus. That's a lot of chedda'. Good on you, Jake, & we'll pull for you in the majors.
As to how this effects us football-wise, we'll be fine. With two other safeties in this class (Isaiah Johnson & Fred Holton) we have plenty of depth at that position. By my count, with Skole's departure, we should have 23 scholarships for next season. I do expect us to now take a safety which had been a question mark before. Kell High's Brian Randolph is the top prospect on our board & it looks to be a two team race between us & Tennessee.