Bubba Starling will soon be faced with the biggest decision of his 18-year-old life: take a multi-million dollar payday to play professional baseball, or pass it up to play two sports at Nebraska.
"It's going to be a crazy decision," said Starling. "I don't know what's going to happen."
Starling has committed to play quarterback for the Huskers this fall, along with outfield for the baseball team next spring. All that could change next month, however, after the Major League Baseball draft. Starling, of Edgerton, Kansas, is the top-rated high school baseball prospect in the country, and is expected to be a top-five pick come June 6.
"Not many kids my age get to make a decision between playing college football division I and baseball or getting picked possibly in the first round," said Starling. "It's just exciting. I tell a lot of people, it's just a win-win situation and I'm looking forward to it."
The Gardner-Edgerton high school senior has no timeline for making his decision, but says he's beginning to feel the pressure as the deadline for his decision approaches.
"I get stressed out and stuff, quite a bit now, because it's getting closer and closer to the draft," said Starling. "There's just football, too, involved, and as much as I love football, I don't know if I'm going to be able to take that baseball route. I'm excited for Nebraska."
Starling says he doesn't want to think about the financial part of the decision, but admits it will be the deciding factor in his future. In 2010, the top high school prospect taken was Zach Lee, an LSU quarterback commit. Lee was selected with the 28th pick in the 1st Round, and signed for $5.25 million. Starling says it will take "a lot" financially to keep him from going to Nebraska.