Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen needs all the receivers he can get, but it looks like he's going to lose one. Signee Billy Hamilton, of Taylorsville, was drafted in the second round with the 57th overall pick by Cincinnati.
"I think I’m going (with) baseball," Hamilton, a shortstop and outfielder, said moments after his selection. "I really don’t know yet, but I’m pretty sure I am, though."
Hamilton had intended to play baseball and football at MSU. He said he likes Mullen's offense, and he's certainly the kind of athlete that could make an impact at some point. But he's got a ton of raw baseball ability, and it's his first love, so he's anxious to grab hold of this opportunity.
"I’d rather start my whole career off now rather than later," he said.
Hamilton had not yet talked with Mullen but was expecting to speak with him, as well as offensive coordinator Les Koenning, tonight.
As for when and where he went in the draft, Hamilton said he was surprised the Reds took him. He said he'd been getting close looks from the Dodgers, Mariners and Nationals.