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Nebraska's Bo Pelini Comments On Monte Harrison, The Huskers' Wide Reciever Signee Selected No. 50 In MLB Draft

Nebraska wide receiver pledge Monte Harrison was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with the No. 50 pick in the MLB Draft Thursday night. Now, the 6-foot-2 outfielder has a decision to make. 

Start a professional career or attend Nebraska and play both football and baseball?

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In an interview with the Omaha World-Herald, Bo Pelini spoke about the choice Harrison will have to make.

“Monte has to make a determination for what’s best for his future,” Pelini told the World-Herald. “He’s a great kid. We’re on the same page, he and I — as far as where it is right now.”

Harrison was considered by many to be the best athlete in the draft and was ranked as the No. 17 prospect on ESPN MLB Insider Keith Law's Big Board. Sliding deep into the second round might make Harrison's decision tougher than he originally expected. First round picks almost always head straight to the MLB, like Bubba Starling did in 2011. Starling, who was committed to Nebraska to play quarterback, was picked No. 5 in the 2011 MLB Draft and opted to forego a college career. 

From the World-Herald

Pelini said he was in contact with Harrison during the draft Thursday and again after it. As of Friday morning, though, Pelini wasn’t yet sure if the 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver would join the football team in Lincoln for summer conditioning workouts next week.

“We’re ready for him to come,” Pelini said.

Harrison, who watched the draft from the MLB Network studio in New Jersey Thursday, could not be reached for comment. Harrison’s adviser, Rob Martin, declined an interview request Friday morning.

The deadline for drafted players to sign professional contracts is July 18.

Harrison was ranked as a four-star receiving prospect by Rivals.com. If he opts to attend Nebraska, he'll play football and baseball. The Huskers' baseball team is coached by former MLB No. 1 pick Darin Erstad, who also played football in Lincoln. It is believed that Erstad's experience excelling at both sports played a major factor in Harrison's recruitment. 

[Omaha.com]