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QB, ex-pro pitcher opts for Tennessee

Mike Rozier
Mike Rozier

QB Mike Rozier, a former minor league pitcher looking to start a college football career at either USC or Tennessee, has decided to walk on with the Vols.

Rozier made his decision after visiting Knoxville on Thursday.

"I'm a pure pocket passer," Rozier told the Knoxville News-Sentinel. "They (Tennessee) have a pro-style offense and I think it fitted me well."

Rozier is a 22-year-old Georgia native who signed with North Carolina out of high school 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.

He was released by the Boston Red Sox a few weeks ago.

"He came home and said, 'I've got to get an education,' and he said he'd like to go back to football," said his father Mike Rozier Sr., who was his high school coach in Stockbridge, Ga. "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."

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.

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