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Former pro pitcher looks at USC for football

Former Boston Red Sox farmhand and North Carolina quarterback signee Mike Rozier plans to give college football a shot after being released by the Red Sox two weeks ago, and he's looking at walking on at either USC or Tennessee according to his father, who was his high school coach in Stockbridge, Ga.

"He came home and said, 'I've got to get an education,' and he said he'd like to go back to football," Mike Rozier Sr. said. "He looked around for his style. He's a pro-style quarterback. South Carolina watched film and really liked him. He met with coach [Eric] Wolford and coach [Steve] Spurrier when he was there."

Rozier will visit Tennessee on Thursday and plans to make a decision soon after that.

"I know he really likes South Carolina," his father said.

The 22-year-old Rozier signed with North Carolina for football in 2004 after backing off a baseball commitment to Clemson. That summer he was drafted in the 12th round by the Red Sox. With Scott Boras as his agent, he was able to negotiate first-round money so he signed.

His senior season of high school baseball he was 10-0 with a .099 ERA. He struck out 127 batters in 64 innings. Rozier made it as high as Double A before his release this spring.

His senior season of football, Rozier passed for 1,302 yards.