AFA's Zion Roland trying to sign DI as a multi-sport athlete

By Lindsay Liquori, Spectrum Sports
Last Updated: Friday, July 07, 2017, 9:54 AM EDT

Is Admiral Farragut's Zion Roland a football player who plays baseball or a baseball player who plays football?

"I consider myself a ball player who just loves to play," said Roland, before taking some swings at the batting cage at his home in St. Petersburg.

He excels at each and his ultimate dream is to find a place to play both and at the DI level in college.

This 3-Star wide receiver goes from catching footballs to fly balls as a center fielder.

Zion's played with the Pittsburgh Pirates Breakthrough Series.  

He's done hitting sessions at Performance Compound in Tampa with his baseball idol Melvin (B.J.) Upton.  

MLBers Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard were also there to take swings.

He’s played with Florida Travel Baseball since 8th grade.  According to his FTB coach Mike Sindone, the elite program saw 42 alumni taken in the MLB draft this year alone.

"I have a better future in baseball than I do in football," said  Zion Roland.

But when it comes to recruiting there are more scholarship opportunities in football.

"Baseball for the most part don’t give out full scholarships," said Zion's father Gary Roland.

Still waiting for that first baseball scholarship, Zion already has 10 football offers on the table, according to 247 Sports.  According to Rivals he has 19.

 He seems to think coaches are open to the idea of a dual-sport-recruit.

"Most of the college coaches agree with me playing both sports," said Roland, whose top schools include USF, UCF, Iowa State, Toledo, Maryland and Louisville.  "The ones who are in my top three, they say it’s likely."

But his Dad is more skeptical.

"Football, they all tell you yes you can play both," said Gary Roland.  "Then when you get there they know that there’s going to come a time that your gonna have to pick one."

That’s why picking the right program is paramount.

"With me it’s not really about the big school and the SEC and the conference, because what I realized with the draft, it doesn’t matter where you go, you’re still going to get drafted," said Roland.  "So, right now USF is number one."

"USF, Charlie Strong," said Gary Roland.  "I believed every word he said about allowing my son to play both and taking care of him."