Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch quarterback Ryan Pond had planned for months on playing football and baseball in college. When Clemson offered him a football scholarship a few months ago, it appeared as though he would have the chance to do just that. Is that still the case?
"I would love to play both sports in college," said Pond. "But how things are going to work out -- that I'm not sure of. Ideally a school would at least give me a shot to play both, but I can understand if a football or baseball coach would rather me focus on one sport. Some guys can do both, but it's always tougher."
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound quarterback runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds and has a good arm. He moves in the pocket well and hits open receivers with solid accuracy.
"Clemson offered me a few months back, but I really want to ask them about that. They haven't been in contact too much lately -- at least not for football. Hopefully things will pick up for football, but it's starting to look more and more like I'll be playing baseball in college. That's not really bad, since I love the sport. I would just like to play both."
North Carolina, LSU and Virginia Tech have offered Pond as a baseball prospect, but not to play both sports. In seven games this year Pond has passed for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns.