By Iliana Limón Romero | Orlando Sentinel
6:43 PM EDT, June 8, 2013
Florida Gators starting quarterback Jeff Driskel was a surprise pick of the Major League Baseball draft, slipping into the mix ahead of a few other full-time Florida college baseball players hoping to get selected.
The Boston Red Sox drafted Driskel in 28th round, using the No. 863 pick on a dual-threat quarterback who has been focused heavily on football the past few years.
Before stepping into the coveted UF starting quarterback role, Driskel was a dual-sport athlete at Oviedo's Hagerty High. He was ranked No. 124 nationally among high school outfielders by baseball analysis website PerfectGame.org.
Driskel initially planned to play both football and baseball for the Gators, but his focus shifted heavily toward the football program.
Driskel used his Twitter account to congratulate UF baseball players and baseball standouts he used to face in high school on being drafted, but he did not immediately respond to Boston's decision to select him.
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