VIDEO: Joe Mauer, hotly recruited high school QB

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When the Twins took hometowner Joe Mauer with the top overall pick of the 2001 draft, observers generally raised two questions: How could they take him over Mark Prior and could they possibly buy him out of his football commitment to Florida State?

As things turned out, the answers to those questions are "because they should've" and "you betcha."

As the following action-news footage shows, though, the then-bespectacled Mauer was indeed an accomplished practitioner of the lesser sport. Witness ... 

Wholesome Joe!

(Wink of CBS eye: Parker Hageman)

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. A member of the BBWAA, He's the author of three books, the most recent being... Full Bio

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