The decision just got tougher – or easier – depending on who is asked for local sports standout Bubba Starling.

The Kansas City Royals selected the outfielder in the first round of the Major League
Baseball draft on Monday evening, and now it will be left to Starling to decide whether to sign with the hometown baseball team or keep his verbal commitment to play baseball and football at the University of Nebraska.

The deadline for signing a contract with the Royals, which could come with a Royals’ club record bonus, is Aug. 15, but an earlier deadline looms. Nebraska football players are expected to report to the school in Lincoln no later than July 15.

— Staff reports