Carson to turn down Reds, attend South Carolina

Shon Carson will be a 2-sport star with the Gamecocks next season.

Major League Baseball came calling, but Shon Carson was not impressed. After being drafted in the 44th round by the Cincinnati Reds, the Lake City High star told WPDE NewsChannel 15 that he has decided to attend South Carolina rather than accept an offer to become a professional baseball player.

Carson says the Reds have not made an offer, but typically the bonus money is nominal. Carson committed to the Gamecocks last year after the football team upset then #1 Alabama. He later signed a national letter of intent with the Columbia school. He will play running back for Steve Spurrier and will pull double duty for Ray Tanner's baseball team.

Carson won the 2010 WPDE Zoneman award, given to the area's best high school football player each year. He ran for 2,280 yards and 33 touchdowns his senior season for the Lake City Panthers. The Scranton native ran for more than 7-thousand yards and 100 touchdowns in his career. In baseball, he hit over .400 for his career at Lake City and stole 27 bases his senior season. He is slated to play either shortstop or in the outfield for the Gamecocks.