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Ex-Georgia DB Sanders Commings making transition from football to baseball

Sanders Commings
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Tim Tebow isn’t the only former NFL player making a late-career sports switch.

Former Georgia defensive back Sanders Commings is looking to pursue a professional baseball career, reported Friday.

Commings was drafted in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs and last played for the team in 2014.

Commings has been training five days a week with former MLB player Jerry Hairston Jr., who also has been helping him meet with teams about minor league contracts.

“That baseball thought was just in the back of my head,” Commings said. “My dad, he kept pushing me to go do baseball, even though I had been away from the game for a while. He believed in me even before I believed in myself. Once I got with Jerry, I believed in myself even more. And now, I’m completely confident.”

Hairston, who at first was skeptical of Commings, said the now-former football player already would be in the majors had he stuck with baseball out of high school.

“He’s a Starling Marte type of talent,” Hairston said. “He’s that good.”

Commings last played baseball while at Westside High School in Augusta, Georgia. As a senior, he batted .520 with 15 home runs, 40 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.

Commings was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 amateur draft but instead opted to play football at Georgia.

Commings first told Hairston of his intentions to play baseball, specifically as an outfielder, while playing pickup basketball in Scottsdale, Arizona last November.

Commings’ father Sanders Commings Sr. said there already are teams that are “highly interested” in his son because of his skill set.

Tebow, a former Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner who played in the NFL, signed with the New York Mets last September after announcing he was pursuing a career in the sport.

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