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Jase Bowen, 2019 WR Recruit, Skipping College For MLB

A general view of Michigan State's football stadium.

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 20: A general view of Spartan Stadium during the game between the Eastern Michigan Eagles and the Michigan State Spartans on September 20, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State defeated Eastern Michigan 73-14 (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michigan State football signee Jase Bowen, who was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th round of the MLB Draft earlier this month, is forgoing college football to pursue a baseball career.

According to WTOL's Jordan Strack. Bowen signed his professional contract with the Pirates this afternoon. He will not be suiting up for the Spartans on Saturdays this fall.

A two-sport star at Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic, Bowen originally committed to play both sports at Michigan State. He was named Ohio Division II State Player of the Year this spring after hitting .550 with 31 RBI and 14 stolen bases.

Bowen is one of two Spartan football commits who were selected in the MLB Draft this year, along with defensive end/right-handed pitcher Adam Berghorst.

While he could technically play pro baseball and college football at the same time, Bowen has chosen to go all-in on the former at the expense of the latter.

As a senior playing football, Bowen rushed for 506 yards and 10 touchdowns while recording 24 catches for 322 yards and two touchdowns.

He also returned two kicks for touchdowns.