Nebraska WR signee Monte Harrison picked No. 50 in MLB Draft
Four-star wide receiver Monte Harrison must choose between Nebraska and starting his Major League Baseball career before July 15.
Monte Harrison, a four-star wide receiver committed to Nebraska, was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers as the No. 50 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft on Thursday night.
Harrison signed with Nebraska to play football and baseball, and now both Bo Pelini and Cornhuskers baseball coach Darin Erstad must wait and see if the Lees Summit, Mo. prospect will pursue a professional baseball career immediately.
The deadline for signing with major league clubs is July 15.
CBSSports.com's baseball insider Jon Heyman called Harrison a "superb athlete" and projected the high school star to be picked by the Rangers at No. 30. Over at Huskers Illustrated, Michael Bruntz writes that Harrison's two-sport status may have an impact on his contract negotiations with Milwaukee.
MLB Network analysts said concerns about Harrison’s signability, as well as the dollar amount thrown out by Harrison’s advisor prior to the draft, may have led to his slide down the draft board. The slot amount for the No. 50 commit in the draft is about $1.1 million.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Harrison has a close relationship with Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad, who Harrison first committed to last summer, and the team will likely have to pay more to buy out Harrison’s football career.
Harrison caught 60 passes for 1,007 yards and 13 touchdowns for Lee's Summit West in 2013. He signed with the Cornhuskers after also receiving offers from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan State and Missouri.
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