Illini Signee Hermosillo to Pursue Pro Baseball Career
June 9, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois football signee Michael Hermosillo (Ottawa Twp. HS, Ottawa, Ill.) has decided to pursue a professional baseball career after being selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday in the MLB Draft.
Hermosillo signed a letter of intent to play football for the Fighting Illini in February and was set to begin classes at Illinois this summer, but his plans changed after the Angels selected him in the 28th round (847th selection) of the MLB Draft.
"I met with Michael and his family this morning in Champaign and he has decided to pursue a professional baseball career after being drafted by the Angels," Illinois head coach Tim Beckman said. "The family felt it was the right fit for Michael at this time and indicated they would consider Michael's football future once his baseball season is complete."
Hermosillo was a three-star football recruit and a first-team All-State selection after starring as a running back at Ottawa Township HS. The 5-10, 200-pound speedster was projected to play running back or defensive back for the Fighting Illini. On the baseball field, the centerfielder was named Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference Player of the Year this past spring after batting .485 with a .587 on-base percentage, .912 slugging percentage, four home runs, 30 RBIs and 36 runs scored.
Hermosillo will join the Angels minor league system immediately, but will retain NCAA football eligibility should be decide to return to the game.