Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
18 571 Boston Red Sox Shaq Thompson OF Calif. $100,000
Thompson is one of the top football recruits in the nation, and his brother, Syd'Quan, is a cornerback for the Denver Broncos. Shaq was committed to California, but in January when the Bears' recruiting coordinator, Tosh Lupoi, headed north to Washington, his prize recruit followed suit. He's expected to be a safety in college, and at Grant he was also a running back, kick returner and punter. He also shows off his athletic ability on the baseball field, and a team may try to persuade him to play baseball in the minor leagues during the summer while playing football at Washington. An outfielder on the baseball field, Thompson is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound physical specimen. He needs a lot of work to improve his routes and jumps in the outfield, not to mention his approach at the plate.