Former Washburn University (Topeka) football player Corey Ballentine just took a huge step toward his dream of playing in the NFL. The former defensive back has officially signed with the New York Giants.

The contract is expected to be a four-year $2.7 million deal, according to The New York Post.

The Giants had drafted Ballentine on April 27, just hours before the central Topeka shooting that wounded him and killed Washburn junior Dwane Simmons.

The Shawnee Heights alum, who was drafted higher than any other pick in Washburn history, was originally set to report for the rookie mini-camp earlier this month. The Giants, however, encouraged him to stay home and be with his loved ones instead.

He is currently on site at the team facility this week for the second phase of the offseason program. Ballentine is not yet cleared to participate and is on the field observing and learning as he recovers from his wound, The Post reported.

The Topeka Police Dept. has not made any arrests in connection with the shooting and the investigation remains ongoing.

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