Today, Bryce Harper announced that he will drop out of high school, and go to a community college, becoming eligible to play in the majors at 18.
Harper, dubbed "The Great One" by Sports Illustrated, will take a risk to become the next baseball great.
Personally, after some thought, I agree with Harper's decision, though it is a risky one. Harper will have to avoid injuries, and miss out on a year or two of high school ball. Though he won't have the "thrill" of playing in college, Harper just turned himself into a celebrity overnight. Consider all hopes for a normal high school life for this kid...gone.
Thinking about it, just the signing bonus of if he gets drafted, will mean Harper is set for life, avoiding injuries, of course.
Now all of a sudden, Harper could be considered one of the biggest major league busts. Anyways, wouldn't Harper being a great varsity athlete mean he will become an MLB great, and land sports magazine covers? Harper, will need to tone his skills more, if he expects to play with the big boys. And high school may be one of the best places to help Harper, not community college.
This makes me think about major league recruiting, and how nowadays, we're coming into a new era, that scouts players too early.
A majority of baseball's stars have been drafted in late rounds, or un-drafted, and being a top prospect in a sport that's so diverse, anything could happen on your way to the majors, and all this hype over one prospect is too much for me.
But maybe he is that good, and can play in the big leagues now. All that I am saying is that all this hype may be over another prospect who will be featured on Bleacher Report's top ten busts of all time.