Former Arkansas pitcher commits to play football at Florida

By: Matt Jones
Published: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Lucas Krull, a left-handed pitcher from Kansas, signed with Arkansas during the early signing period.
Lucas Krull, a left-handed pitcher from Kansas, signed with Arkansas during the early signing period.

A former Arkansas pitcher is getting another chance in the Southeastern Conference, but as a football player.

Lucas Krull committed to play football as a tight end at Florida this week. Krull (6-7, 255 pounds) also considered playing football at his parents' alma mater, Kansas State, according to reports.

Krull spent the 2016-17 school year at Arkansas after committing to play baseball for the Razorbacks. The left-hander wowed with a mid-90s fastball, but never pitched at Arkansas after struggling with his command during fall and preseason practices.

He transferred to Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., and went 2-1 with a 10.26 ERA in 11 appearances this year, including five starts. He struck out 27 batters and walked 38 in 16 2/3 innings.

Krull was one of Baseball America's top 500 prospects out of Shawnee (Kan.) Mill Valley High School but was undrafted in 2016, his first year of eligibility. He was drafted in the 34th round by the San Francisco Giants last week.

Krull has not played football since high school. He caught 52 passes for 815 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior.

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