Miami QB prospect Stegall signs instead with Mets

GREENWOOD, Ark. -- Daniel Stegall, a standout in two sports at Greenwood High School, has signed a contract with the New York Mets, putting college football on hold for now.

Stegall, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound outfielder, said Friday that coaches at Miami, where he had committed to play quarterback, were understanding, if disappointed. He said he talked with them by
telephone Thursday about his decision.

Stegall led Greenwood to Class AAAA high school championships in both football and baseball as a senior, taking snaps at quarterback, pitching and playing in the outfield. He was expected to sign with Arkansas State before Miami showed late interest.

He was picked by the Mets as the 214th overall selection in Tuesday's seventh round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

The Mets will pay Stegall more than $107,000 for signing with the organization. The contract also includes money for college should Stegall decide to continue his education.

Stegall said he planned to leave Greenwood on Sunday for Port Lucie, Fla., where he will join a Mets' affiliate that plays in
high Class A.