It's the day that many Nebraska Cornhusker fans have been dreading for months. Today is the first day of the Major League Baseball Draft. It's the day 2011 quarterback signee Bubba Starling's possible professional future is decided.
Who will draft him?
Will it be the Mariners with the number two pick? What about hometown Kanas City at five? Surely he won't fall past the Cubs with the ninth pick? We will all find out in about 12 hours, and I for one am excited Husker nation will finally have something new to talk about. Or at least a more specific topic when it comes to Bubba.
In a summer that consists of story-lines like Nebraska's move to the Big Ten, the firing of baseball head coach Mike Anderson, and Bo Pelini possibly being called by Ohio State in the future, Starling has still dominated chatter.
Is it a topic that all of us, including the media, has spent way too much time talking about? Quite possibly…
With a signing bonus that could be north of five to six million dollars, the likeliness that Starling walks down the famous tunnel in Memorial Stadium is less than slim to none.
"No one even seems to be blinking at his asking price. They think he is worth it," said Fox Sports Scout.com National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere. "I think he is going to get a lot of money and he's going to go play pro ball."
Yet we continue to ponder? Like the 2011 season could actually be affected with Starling wearing red.
An All-American is never considered to be a project, but the two-sport star is not ready to be a staring quarterback at the D-1 level. It won't be the offense, the competition, or the atmosphere that hinders Starling in his first year. He's used to competing with pressure and more than his fair share of people watching. It will be his passing ability. He showed in San Antonio he's not ready for the responsibilities of this offense. At least, not in its current form.
"I think Starling is a different player with an offense tailored to his strengths," said Scout.com Midlands Recruiting Manager Greg Powers. "He is a Top 150 athlete at QB, who is a legit 6-foot-5 and a leader. Do I think he is ready now? No."
I tend to agree with Powers.
If Bubba Starling is in Nebraska camp late August, it will be a good thing. The football team will be better because of it, just not in 2011.
If he signs later this summer with the team that drafts him tonight, good luck to him. Thanks for the promotion through it all. But Nebraska will find another quarterback and be just fine.