North Carolina Wide Receiver Signee Jordyn Adams to Pursue Baseball Career

By Andrew Lind on June 5, 2018 at 8:39 pm

North Carolina four-star wide receiver signee Jordyn Adams was drafted in the first round of last night's MLB Draft (No. 17 overall). He's choosing to forgo his college eligibility and pursue a professional baseball career, one that comes with an estimated $3,472,900 contract. 

You may recall the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Adams visited Ohio State for the Spring Game last year and included the Buckeyes in his Top 5 shortly thereafter. His father is the defensive line coach for the Tar Heels, so they were long assumed to be the favorite in his recruitment.

Adams hit .453 (34-for-75) with and 15 runs batted in, five doubles, three triples and one home run during his senior season at Cary, North Carolina, Green Hope. He actually planned to play both sports for the Tar Heels. 

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was in a similar situation after being drafted by the Oakland Athletics ninth overall. He turned down an assigned value of $4,761,500 and announced he would continue to play football for the Sooners.

The biggest difference for Adams and Murray is that draft rules prohibit the former from re-entering the draft for three years, while the latter can simply re-enter next year thanks to his age.

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