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Alford "surprised" by draft spot; plans on talking with family


For weeks, Anthony Alford said he's committed to the University of Southern Mississippi, that he wants to play football, and that he told a number Major League Baseball scouts he'll pass on a shot to play baseball at the next level, for now. So the Toronto Blue Jays' decision to draft Alford in the third round on Tuesday caught him a little off guard.

"I wasn't expecting to go in the top three rounds," said Alford, selected 113th overall, "I got a call earlier that they wanted me to be their number one pick, but I turned it down.

"I told them I wanted to go to college, and I thought they'd pick me probably the tenth or eleventh round...I was surprised."

So what does this mean in terms of Alford's decision to turn down a pro contract? Will he indeed be wearing Black and Gold come Sept. 1 when the Golden Eagle football team opens up the season at Nebraska?

"I'm going to sit down with my family and talk about it," said Alford, "We're going to discuss the pros and cons, but we're not really going to make a decision.

"I mean, I'm still going to school regardless."

Alford also said many times he's simply not ready to stop playing football, and that to keep playing while he still can is what will make him happiest.

Even with the surprise, the Petal High School All-American, two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for football and reigning Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year says he's enjoying the process.

"It's an honor to get drafted out of high school in the top rounds," he says, "I'm just going to enjoy it and have fun, because not everybody gets this opportunity. I'm just enjoying it and having fun with it."

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