ST. PETERSBURG — First and foremost, Corey Yawn is a baseball player. A very good baseball player. Good enough to play in college, and perhaps beyond. But when your best friend is Griffin Alstott, a fellow student and star quarterback at Northside Christian, eventually the question is going to come up; ''Hey, Corey, you want to play football?''Alstott popped that question before Yawn's sophomore year in 2015. The two hung out all the time, and Alstott knew Yawn could catch a pass. Why not try it with pads and a helmet on? Never mind that Yawn had never played football. He decided to give it a try. "I had to learn pretty much everything,'' Yawn said. "I had to start with the fundamentals. It was a big difference. It took a while.''There were times when he didn't know the plays. He wasn't sure what routes to run. And he definitely didn't know what it would be like taking a hit from a linebacker or safety. "He was a little timid at first,'' said Mustangs coach Mike Alstott, who is Griffin's dad. "It took him a little time to get going. But he's a great athlete. He made the adjustment.''Yawn eventually settled into his role. Last season he caught eight passes in eight games and scored a touchdown. He survived his first football season, a season he figured would also be his last.Yawn turned his attention to the baseball field, where he is much more comfortable. He had a tremendous sophomore season. He hit .477 with five home runs. He was also 2-0 with five saves and a 0.00 earned run average as the closer. This summer, his plan was to play travel league baseball and concentrate on getting attention from college coaches. Only trouble was, his best friend wasn't giving up. "I wasn't going to play (football) this summer because of baseball, but Griffin talked me into it,'' Yawn said. "I'm glad he did. We hang out a lot and he just asked me if I would come out for his senior year and help out the team.''Griffin Alstott, who is committed to Purdue, didn't want to let a sure-handed receiver sit in the stands. So like any good recruiter, he laid it on thick. "I just told him he'll regret it,'' Alstott said. "You only get two more years of this. Some people play at the next level, but not everyone. You only get two more years for the rest of your life to play football. And it does help to have another receiver out there.''So there is Yawn, suited up for a second season of varsity football. Only this year he said he is much more sure of himself. In two games he has four catches for 95 yards and a touchdown, with another touchdown called back due to a penalty. "Knowing all the plays relieves a lot of stress,'' Yawn said. "I know what to watch out for now, as far as what the linebackers and safeties are doing. It's a lot easier now.''So Alstott still has his best friend to throw passes to and Yawn gets one more year of football. The Mustangs are 2-0 and travel to Lakeland Victory Christian on Friday night. Victory Christian defeated Pasco 28-19 in its only game. After this season, Yawn isn't sure if there will be a third year of football."I haven't figured that out yet,'' he said. "It depends on if there are more kids coming out or if I get anything scholarship-wise for baseball.''And it could also depend on if Alstott gives him one last pep talk.