Bama football recruit Hood signs with Nationals instead

WASHINGTON -- Second-round draft pick Destin Hood agreed to terms on a contract with the Washington Nationals on Thursday, bypassing playing college football at Alabama.

Hood had signed a letter of intent to play for the Crimson Tide.

Instead, he will begin his professional baseball career with Washington's Gulf Coast League affiliate in Viera, Fla.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Hood played football and baseball at St. Paul's Episcopal High School in Mobile, Ala.

An outfielder, he hit .485 with eight homers, 32 RBIs and 17 steals as a senior.

He started at defensive back and wide receiver in football. He caught 56 passes for 995 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior.