Midview two-sport standout Cody Callaway knew he would have a tough decision to make between college athletics and professional baseball.
But after falling to the 34th round in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft — where he was selected by the Cleveland Indians, his favorite baseball team — Callaway was able to make the choice.
Reached by phone Wednesday, Callaway confirmed he has already enrolled at Bowling Green State University, where he plans to major in criminal justice while playing quarterback for the Falcons’ football team and infield for the baseball team.
“I value my education, but at the same time, it would be awesome to play pro baseball,” Callaway said. “In the end, I made the right decision. Hopefully, I’m right.”
Callaway, who was told by some teams prior to the draft he could be taken as high as the fifth round, started getting calls from teams in the eighth round.
“It wasn’t what I was looking for (financially) and so I turned them down,” Callaway said of the Indians. “I was a little surprised, but happy the Indians picked me up late.
“Yeah, it definitely made it tougher, seeing how they’re my hometown team. It was definitely a pretty tough decision.”
Callaway has already moved to the BG campus and has begun conditioning with the football team. Practice won’t begin for another few weeks.
Callaway said he hopes major league teams show interest in him in three or four years — he can be eligible for the draft again after his junior and senior years. He’s also open to the idea of a career in the NFL.
“I think that would be awesome,” he said. “I’d have to keep working hard. I do believe that that’s a good possibility. I’m just going to go with the flow and see what happens.”
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