Drafted by Angels, Locker says football still No. 1

June, 10, 2009
6/10/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Jake Locker is going to be Washington's quarterback this fall, so Huskies fans shouldn't worry too much about the Los Angeles Angels selecting him in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball draft.

And he's not going to play both sports.

Still, he might sign a contract that would give the Angels his rights for the next six years, though such an agreement must be inked by the Aug. 17 deadline or he'd become eligible for the 2010 draft.

If he does sign a contract, Locker would be forced to surrender his football scholarship, but the Angels would likely then pick up his tuition and fees as part of their contract, which is permitted by NCAA rules.

"It's obviously got to be something for me and my family that's worth it," Locker said.

Locker, a junior, reiterated Wednesday what he has said repeatedly before: Football is his sport of choice. Baseball is only a backup plan.

"If football didn't work out at the next level, then baseball would be an option," he said.

Locker was the 321st overall pick as a center fielder, but he's widely considered an excellent baseball prospect. Locker talked to a number of teams before the draft -- he named the Twins, Rangers and Brewers -- and the Angels previously picked him in the 40th round of the 2006 draft after his senior year at Ferndale (Wash.) High School.

Clearly, the Angels think highly of him. Even Locker was surprised how early he was selected, despite making his intentions clear.

"They understand football is my priority," Locker said.

Locker played semi-pro baseball last summer in the West Coast College League, but he said he has no plans to do that again.

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