Oregon QB Signee Robby Ashford talks possibility of MLB draft

Oregon QB Signee Robby Ashford talks possibility of MLB draft

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Oregon signed two quarterbacks in the 2020 recruiting class but one of them might have another sport come calling. Hoover (Ala.) four-star quarterback Robby Ashford is also a stand out baseball player and has the potential to be a selection in the 2020 MLB Draft. 

Ashford committed and signed with the Ducks in December after backing off his Ole Miss commitment, and committing to the Ducks two weeks later after using his last official visit with Oregon. The two-sport athlete plans to play baseball in Eugene for the Ducks. During his official visit, the quarterback/outfielder spent time with Oregon’s first-year baseball coach Mark Wasikowski.

Talking with WVTM 13 News in Birmingham at Hoover High School’s signing day ceremony, Ashford addressed the questions regarding a potential future in the MLB and if He’s made a decision regarding professional baseball or attending college. 

“Baseball, it was honestly my first love so that’s gonna have a really big impact,” Ashford told the local news. “But I’m just taking it day by day. Getting ready for this baseball season actually and then just see how the draft goes. From there, just decide if I’m going to go to school or not.”

Ashford competed in not only the Under Armour All-America Football game but also played in 2019 Under Armour All-America Baseball game, where the center fielder made one of the game’s biggest plays.

According to the 247Sports Composite, Ashford was ranked as the No. 290 overall prospect and No. 13 dual-threat quarterback in the country for the 2020 recruiting cycle. He’s also the No. 12 player in the state of Alabama. 247Sports Recruiting Analysts compare him to Auburn quarterback Joey Gatewood, projecting him as a potential mid- to late-round NFL Draft selection.

247Sports evaluation of Robby Ashford

Long, muscular athlete with room to grow. Powerful arm with smooth three-quarter delivery. Strength to all three levels as well as outside the numbers. Ability to play off platform effectively with multiple arm angles. Comfortable throwing in traffic or on the run. Effective runner with good instincts and verified long speed. Above average improvisational skill. Flashes touch down the field with accuracy. Can work RPO game effectively with quick trigger. Decisive as passer and runner. Intelligent prospect with grit. Competitor. Relies on plus athleticism at times and bails on structured pocket on occasion. Trusts arm in tight spots, creating high risk-high reward scenarios. One-year varsity starter (2018) with good production in highest classification in Alabama. Potential pro baseball prospect with plans to play both sports in college. Should build into true dual-threat as Power Five starter over time with solid pro potential should his focus eventually fully shift to football. Should develop into a middle-to-late round NFL draft choice.

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