BOISE -- Freshman safety Mason Smith has left the Boise State football team, he confirmed on Friday.
Smith walked on to the team and participated in summer workouts. A few days into fall camp though, he questioned if he was ready for the commitment.
"I was just 18 years old when I was drafted into the MLB. I spent a lot of time away from family and friends over the last four years playing professional baseball. I appreciate the opportunity Boise State provided me, but I'm 22 years old, married, happy and ready to pursue my goals and ambitions off the field."
He played professional baseball for four years after the San Diego Padres drafted him in the fourth round out of Rocky Mountain High School.
He says that he plans to remain enrolled at Boise State and attend classes.
"Absolutely. I need that degree."