McGill-Toolen dual-sport star Bubba Thompson has decided on one sport for college.

The Yellow Jacket senior announced on Twitter on Tuesday he was committing to play baseball at the University of Alabama.

Thompson, also an all-state quarterback, had offers to play both sports at several colleges, including Troy. However, after an official baseball visit to Alabama last week, he decided on the Crimson Tide.

He will leave football behind.

“I prayed hard about it, and I feel good about my decision,” Thompson told “I like the coaches and the environment at Alabama. I feel like I’ll have a chance to go in and play quickly. I like to steal bases, and that is what they do. I feel like this was the best decision for me.”

Thompson said he notified Alabama baseball coach Greg Goff and Troy football coach Neil Brown of his decision on Monday night. The spring signing period begins April 12.

Ironically, Thompson was committed to play baseball at rival Auburn earlier this year until his football success led to heavy interest in that sport as well, including offers from Tennessee and Ole Miss at one point.

“I’m excited for him because I know in his heart – having a great football season like he did – he could have honestly played both or either sport in college,” McGill baseball coach Tim Becker said. “However, that is tough on the college level. You get pulled in all directions.

“With Bubba, I think the biggest thing is he likes to run, and they like to run at Alabama. In his heart, I think he realized there is a lot of wear and tear to do both and keep up in the classroom. I told him I would have been proud of him no matter what he decided. Now, he can focus on playing baseball and finishing his senior year.”

Thompson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound outfielder, hit .469 with 39 runs scored, 19 stolen bases and 11 doubles for the Yellow Jackets as a junior. He helped McGill reach the Class 7A state semifinals. Becker has compared Thompson’s skill in that sport to Deion Sanders. Becker and Sanders played minor league baseball together.

Thompson’s future also could be impacted by the Major League Baseball Draft, which will take place June 12.

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