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Willson, a power-hitting, left-handed hitter, will report to Toronto’s minor-league complex in Dunedin, Fla., at the end of the spring semester. Willson can play either first base or the corner outfield spots.
As part of his deal, Willson received a signing bonus that will be spread over three years, which allows him the flexibility to pursue a football career after college, if he chooses.
The baseball contract will not affect Willson’s remaining two years’ football eligibility.
Willson has a baseball background, which includes playing for the Canadian junior national team. He also briefly worked with the Rice baseball team in the fall 2009 before deciding to concentrate on football.
I know these type of signings don’t normally get their own thread, but this particular signing seems very interesting. He doesn’t play baseball for Rice, only football, and he’s signed a professional contract with the Jays but will stay be allowed to play Rice football. I had no idea that was allowed by either the NCAA or MLB.
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