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'Huge weight lifted off shoulders' after Jung was selected in MLB Draft

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Josh Jung's success on the diamond this season for Texas Tech has paid off. 

The Texas Rangers selected him in the first round draft with a signing bonus projected to be more than $5 million. 

"It was a pretty special moment that I will get to spend with my friends and family," Jung said. "It's always been a dream of mine to get to the next level and play at the highest level possible. Monday I got an opportunity to do that. That's pretty cool." 

The Red Raider was projected to go high in the draft, but he said hearing his named called was a huge weight lifted off his shoulders. 

"I slept great that night. I think the biggest thing is I don't have to impress people anymore. I can just go out and play ball," he said. 

It's been a long journey for Jung and he vividly remembers his first visit in Lubbock with Tim Tadlock. 

"It was actually my off week in football," he said. "I came up here and the first thing Tadlock said to me was 'woo, you're tall!'"

Things connected well from there. Jung had many options, including going pro right out of high school but the infielder chose Texas Tech. 

"Probably turned down the fourth round and said I am going to Texas Tech," Tadlock said.

Tadlock said Jung's decision was a mature one. 

"There's a lot of guys that have guts in the fourth round, where their dream their whole life is to play baseball professionally, say I am going to school. But the ones that do are special," he said.

Jung will sign his contract with the Rangers once his season with the Red Raiders ends.


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