SportsDeck Spotlight: Jerrion Ealy's Looming Decision

SportsDeck Spotlight: Jerrion Ealy's Looming Decision

The first seventhing you'll notice when watching Jackson Prep senior running back Jerrion Ealy is speed.

"Anytime you have a player that can run as fast as he can, that's what separates from most high school players," says Jackson Prep football coach Ricky Black. "And really, a lot of college players."

It's that speed and athletic ability taking Ealy to showcase events this summer all across the country.. for baseball. Ealy will be forced next June to either attempt to play both sports in college or become a professional baseball player.

"It's just something where I'll wait and see," says Ealy. "Right now, I'm focused coming out and winning a 7th straight state championship for the Jackson Prep Patriots. So when that time comes, I'll think about that."

"When it comes to outfield play, running the bases," says Jackson Prep baseball coach Brent Heavener, "He's got the tools that not everybody has."

Ealy, on the diamond, impresses not only his own coach but opposing coaches, like Jay Powell.

"Two years ago we played them in the state championship, he scored from 2nd base on a passed ball," said Powell, a former Major League pitcher and now head baseball coach at Jackson Academy. "There's just not many guys that athletically can do that."

One problem Ealy's experienced already: everyone has an opinion on what's best for him.

"Anytime you're in a position like Jerrion's in, you get a lot of new friends," says Black.  "Most of the new friends are trying to help you to help them."

"He's listening to the right people, he's asking the right questions," says Heavener. "But he knows there's going to be some decisions that he has to make. For a 17, 18-year-old kid, he's doing everything he can to make the best decision for himself and his family and his future."

Ealy is currently committed to Ole Miss to play football and baseball. Other schools, like Clemson, are also offering the opportunity to play both. But could he really turn down a multi-million dollar offer should be go in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft?

"I mean, they're just numbers," says Ealy. "Until reality sets in, until that opportunity turns into reality, it really doesn't matter."