Russell Wilson Sizes Up a Yankees' Football Prospects

Wilson skeleton to spend a week operative out with a Yankees, yet will not play in any muster games for fear of damage — yet he is not taboo from doing so by a Seahawks.

If Wilson changed simply among a Yankees on Monday — he also addressed a group in a assembly — there are a series of Yankees who have adequate football bona fides to find some common ground. Infielder Jace Peterson was a giveaway reserve during McNeese State, and a third-base manager Phil Nevin was a beginner all-American during Cal State Fullerton.

Then there were others who could have played in college: Pitcher C. C. Sabathia sealed a minute of vigilant to play parsimonious finish during Hawaii; Jacoby Ellsbury, who returned 6 kickoffs for touchdowns in high school, was recruited by Oregon; and Sonny Gray was an achieved quarterback flourishing adult in Tennessee, where he had several grant offers before adhering with ball during Vanderbilt.


Wilson showed off a lot of power, attack several home runs during batting practice.

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But a dual Yankees who many expected had a best possibility to forge a career in football are a dual who demeanour a partial — Stanton and Judge. Stanton is 6 feet 6 inches, 245 pounds, and Judge is 6-foot-7, 282 pounds. Both were star receivers in high propagandize — coincidentally, any wore No. 2 — before dropping football in preference of a ball career.

“They’d really be parsimonious ends,” Wilson said.

“We have a using joke, me and Jimmy Graham, how he looks like Aaron Judge and how Judge looks like him,” Wilson added, referring to Seattle’s five-time Pro Bowl parsimonious end. “I was revelation Aaron earlier, Jimmy, we think, wore his jersey for Halloween.”

While Stanton was an chosen ball awaiting during Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., he did not locate a eye of college football recruiters until his comparison deteriorate — when in a deteriorate opener he held a touchdown pass and scored on a indirect 2-point acclimatisation to win a game, leaping above a defender for both balls.

Stanton took a recruiting revisit to Southern California, attending a football diversion and carrying lunch over a weekend with Pete Carroll, afterwards a U.S.C. football manager and now Wilson’s manager with a Seahawks. Carroll also came to watch Stanton play basketball.


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“Mike was an glorious awaiting in high school, and we knew he had a ton of potential,” Carroll pronounced around email by a group spokesman. “We truly saw him as a multisport athlete, that is singular during that level. He was so good during both sports that we would have wanted him to play both if he came to ‘SC.’”

In his dual years during Notre Dame — he eliminated to a private propagandize after spending dual years during Verdugo Hills, a open propagandize — Stanton played with during slightest 10 others who warranted college scholarships. One of Stanton’s some-more noted matchups came opposite one of Wilson’s teammates — a plain Richard Sherman.

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What did Stanton remember about it?

“I usually remember them kicking a butts,” pronounced Stanton, whose group had a 35-game winning strain finished by Sherman’s Dominguez High School in a 41-14 track in a CIF-Southern Section Division III championship game. “They wore us down.”

“They were articulate crap, yet we didn’t put it to usually Sherman,” combined Stanton, who was infrequently matched adult opposite Sherman. “They were all articulate things since they were a inner-city propagandize and we were a absolved school. we went to open school, too, so we know what they were feeling.”

Brandon Huffman, a inhabitant recruiting editor for 24/7 Sports, removed how quick and liquid Stanton looked. “It was like he glided downfield,” Huffman said. “It didn’t demeanour like he was that fast, yet he had prolonged strides. It was like examination a core fielder who knows how many belligerent he has to cover.”


Wilson used to be a teenager joining ball actor and Judge was once a college football recruit. But they both found some-more success in their stream sports.

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Judge, like Stanton, was a three-sport standout, personification football, basketball and ball in Linden, Calif., a Central Valley tillage village usually easterly of Stockton.

While Judge perceived recruiting seductiveness from Notre Dame, Washington and U.C.L.A., he done it transparent to many schools that he was meddlesome in personification usually baseball. A few, such as Eastern Michigan and Portland State, offering to let him play both, yet Judge suspicion personification dual sports — along with a educational hurdles of college — would be too much, so he focused on ball during Fresno State.

“I suspicion if we could find a place where we could usually play baseball, that would be great,” he said.

Further dampening a thought of personification football was a fact that he competence not have played receiver. Judge, who was a Cal fan — in partial since his comparison hermit John went to propagandize there — attended a football stay in Berkeley before his comparison season.


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“They knew we enjoyed football, yet that we had ball on a mind,” Judge said. “The receiver manager said, ‘I like you, yet we’ll bulk we adult and put we during parsimonious end, to be honest.’”

If that thought did not interest to Judge during a time, he did not seem put off that Wilson noticed him as a parsimonious end, reckoning that Wilson would make him demeanour good with a few passes.

Wilson did not have a football with him, yet pronounced he would by a finish of a week. Just as he is display off what he competence do with a ball bat in his hands, Judge and Stanton competence be means to uncover what they can do with a football in theirs.

“You competence locate us out on a backfield using some routes,” Judge pronounced with a smile.


Outfielder Clint Frazier was found to have a concussion. He had complained of fogginess and a headache after crashing into a outfield wall twice in Saturday’s diversion opposite Pittsburgh. Frazier pronounced Monday that he felt excellent and would float a still bike on Tuesday to establish if practice would means a symptoms to return.

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