Baseball: Quarterback Max Brown becomes the next two-sport athlete

University of Florida quarterback Max Brown has begun practicing with the baseball team, becoming the latest college two-sport athlete. According to 247 Sports, Brown is listed as an outfielder for Florida, although he played most positions in high school.


At Oklahoma’s Lincoln Christian High School, Max Brown excelled in both baseball and football, despite not picking up football until his Junior year. On the gridiron, Brown won his district MVP after accruing over 4,000 total yards and 61 touchdowns in his Senior year. 247 ranked him as the number 96 QB prospect in the nation, and a top 25 prospect out of Oklahoma. 

Brown signed with Florida under new head coach Billy Napier. Napier was bullish on Brown, saying that the quarterback was underrated. With Anthony Richardson declaring for the draft, five-star prospect Jaden Rashada considering leaving and Jalen Kitna being rightfully dismissed from the program, Florida has no clear cut starter lined up. While Wisconsin transfer Graham Mertz will likely start, there’s no doubt Max Brown will compete for the job.


On the baseball side of things, Brown was a star in high school. He played every position but catcher. The 6’3” utility player was ranked as the number ten overall prospect in Oklahoma, and the third best shortstop in the state. 

Brown joins a Florida team that has been a perennial contender under head coach Kevin O’Sullivan. Florida won a College World Series in 2017 and has produced numerous MLB players under O’Sullivan. Pete Alonso, Jonathan India, Dane Dunning and Brady Singer are just a few of the current MLB players that played under the current coach. Could Max Brown be the next?

Becoming a two-sport collegiate athlete is no small feat, especially at a Power Five school like Florida. Brown joins a prestigious group including legends such as Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson, Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson. There are plenty of players who are able to succeed in both sports– while Brown may not see a ton of playing time with the football team, he could certainly make an impact on the diamond.