Velazquez: Two-Sport Opportunity Brings Change Of Plans


Bruce Hefflinger
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Velazquez: Two-Sport Opportunity Brings Change Of Plans

Joey Velazquez OF / LHP / Desales, OH / 2019

COLUMBUS - A passion for football and the desire to help out family has the top-ranked incoming senior in Ohio taking a new avenue for his future.

Ohio State baseball commit Joey Velazquez will no longer be wearing scarlet-and-gray, instead putting on the maize-and-blue of Michigan as a two-sport athlete.

“It’s always been a dream to play football in college, that’s always been my main goal,” Velazquez explained about his recent commitment change to the University of Michigan. “I was recruited in baseball, where you’re recruited a lot earlier now, and I thought committing to Ohio State was good at the time. Then football came around, and that’s always been my passion to play. They said I can do both at Michigan and they offered me a scholarship to do both.”

So the Columbus DeSales standout approached Ohio State about the same opportunity.

“I was talking to coach (Alex) Grinch (defensive coordinator/safeties coach) and he said they already have two committed safeties,” noted Velazquez, who originally committed to play baseball for the Buckeyes in September of 2016 after being seen at the PBR Top Prospect Games and then at a Cincinnati Flames tournament. “But they did invite me to go there and I went and they had me work out.”

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