By Brian Murphy
Defensive back Malcolm Holland, who signed with Boise State after National Signing Day in February, will not be suiting up for the Broncos. Holland was selected in the 33rd round of this month's amateur baseball draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and will sign with the team Wednesday for $160,000, he told the Idaho Statesman.
Holland, a 5-foot-11, 175-pounder from Chandler, Ariz., said he wanted to play both sports, but Boise State indicated they wanted him to focus solely on football.
"That's what I wanted to do. That's what the plan was. I talked to the Dodgers and they were fine with it," Holland said. "Boise wanted me to play one sport."
"... It was a really, really tough decision. I wanted to play both. I had to think and think it over with my family. It felt right choosing baseball right now."
Holland said scouts were impressed with his potential in baseball since he has not devoted himself to the sport full-time. He said he thought he would be drafted, but did not expect to be selected as high as the 33rd round. Baseball's draft has 50 rounds.
The $160,000 signing bonus is slightly above slot — the recommended amount for picks — for the 33rd round.
"I had to take it," he said.
Holland will play second base and begin his baseball career in the Arizona Summer League.
Holland was one of five defensive backs to sign with the Broncos in the Class of 2011. He is still listed on the Broncos' roster on their official web site (No. 27), but he is the only player that does not have a bio page.
The Broncos have commitments from three cornerbacks for the Class of 2012.
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