New Haven sophomore tight end Mike Flacco hopes to join his older brother, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, in the NFL next season.
Flacco is declaring early for the NFL draft, according to a source, after being selected as a third-team Division II All-American in his first season at New Haven.
It marked the first time Flacco had played football since he was in high school. He finished the season with 30 catches for 591 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games.
Mike Flacco, 26, will be represented by veteran agent Joe Linta, who negotiated a $120.6 million contract for Joe Flacco last March.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end ended his baseball career last April and was placed on the voluntarily retired list by the Boston Red Sox after the Orioles traded him last March. In 2009, he was a 31st-round draft selection by the Orioles, out of the Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville.
He finished his minor league baseball career in 2012, primarily playing at Single-A Frederick, with four games for Double-A Bowie. He batted .214, with eight home runs, 15 doubles, one triple, seven stolen bases, 31 walks and 62 strikeouts.
Mike Flacco impressed New Haven coach Pete Rossomando during a workout last summer upon joining the team.
"He's a very smooth athlete who caught the ball very, very well," Rossomando told The Baltimore Sun last July. "He hasn't played football in a long time. He's very raw, but has great athletic ability. He hasn't blocked anybody, so it will be interesting to see how he develops as a blocker.
"He's got to play for the University of New Haven or he won't play for the NFL. He's got some work to do, but he's a great guy who's willing to put in the work. He's a very humble guy, similar to Joe in that respect. With his ability, he can be knocking on the door rather quickly."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun