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Sandberg's upcoming choice: pro baseball or college quarterback?

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As a football player, Cord Sandberg draws comparisons to Tim Tebow. At one point last season, the mobile lefty quarterback led Manatee High to a national number one ranking. In February, he signed his letter of intent to play for Mississippi State.

As a baseball player, Sandberg has raw talent and a strong centerfield arm. He's projected to go in the first three rounds of this year's MLB draft.

Which sport will Sandberg pursue? That's the great unknown.

"The only thing I know for sure is that the football [scholarship], that's set in stone," Sandberg said. "The baseball thing, there are so many questions so you don't really know what's going to happen."

What's up in the air is where Sandberg gets chosen in the baseball draft and how much money that team offers him.

The MLB draft will be held June 6-8. A few days after that, Sandberg will make his big decision.

Rarely do two-sport athletes turn down the lure of baseball's guaranteed money contracts. Sandberg has not set a dollar amount or draft position that would sway him to pro baseball. But if the thought in baseball world is that Sandberg is considering football that could hurt his draft stock.

"Right now, the full scholarship to Mississippi State, that's my best offer on the table," Sandberg said.

And even though Sandberg isn't active on social media, he has a Facebook page, and Mississippi State football fans constantly contact him through it.

"I tell them, I'm a [Mississippi State] Bulldog until June 6 unless I get a better option," Sandberg said.

Sandberg also hasn't ruled out playing both sports in college.

His Manatee High baseball coach, Dwayne Strong, also doesn't know which sport Sandberg is learning toward playing, but he has his own opinion.

"I know he wants to play baseball," said Strong. "We know the [career] expectancy of a football player is three and a half years and baseball is a lot longer so I'm sure he would love the opportunity to play baseball if that opportunity came about."

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