Bama football recruit Hood signs with Nationals instead

Updated: July 17, 2008, 2:30 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Second-round draft pick Destin Hood agreed to terms on a contract with the Washington Nationals on Thursday, bypassing playing college football at Alabama.

Hood had signed a letter of intent to play for the Crimson Tide.

Instead, he will begin his professional baseball career with Washington's Gulf Coast League affiliate in Viera, Fla.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Hood played football and baseball at St. Paul's Episcopal High School in Mobile, Ala.

An outfielder, ...

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