Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, who transferred in from Mississippi a few months ago, signed a contract to play baseball for the Texas Rangers, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Patterson, a junior, was a 39th-round draft pick (1,169th overall) in the 2018 MLB Draft. He last played baseball during his junior year at Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, La.
The deal with the Rangers reportedly is for six years and allows Patterson to work with the Rangers’ instructional staff when he has off time from football at Michigan.
The Rangers listed Patterson as a third baseman.
Patterson’s father, Sean, said after the draft his son is fully focused on playing football at Michigan.
“He’s just happy and humbled he was drafted at this point,” Sean Patterson said.
Patterson is competing with sophomore Brandon Peters, redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey and true freshman Joe Milton for the starting quarterback job with the Wolverines.
Michigan was made aware of Patterson’s decision to sign and head coach Jim Harbaugh reportedly supported the move.