No worries, football fans – junior quarterback Jake Locker is sticking with his commitment to new coach Steve Sarkisian and his present team.
That did not dissuade some major-league baseball organizations from including him in their future plans, including the Los Angeles Angels, who selected Locker on the second day (10th round, No. 321 pick) of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday.
By drafting him, the Angels hold his right for six years because he's at least a college junior. Locker said the two parties are in preliminary discussions about a contract, which will be negotiated by his father, Scott, from Ferndale.
If he signed with the Angels, he would forfeit his football scholarship at the UW. Locker said one of the stipulations in negotiations would be that the Angels would cover his college expenses the next two years.
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He said a financial-package proposal between the Angels and his family likely would come in the next couple weeks.
"It would open up an extra scholarship for the team," Locker said for his home in Ferndale.
A few times, Locker iterated "football is my priority." He won't play for the Bellingham Bells or any other wooden-bat league for college this summer.
Locker said before the MLB draft, he had discussions with the Angels, Twins and Brewers about his future in football.
"I didn't have any idea I'd be taken that high (10th round)," Locker said.