ORONO, Maine — It has been a busy 10 days for rover back Brandon Vicens.

The University of Maine baseball recruit played in the NCAA- and Major League Baseball-sanctioned Valley League in Virginia this summer. As soon as his team finished the playoffs, he returned to his native Miami Lakes, Florida, before taking turns driving 26 hours nonstop to Orono with his family to join the football team on Aug. 7.

“It was a long drive. I’m thankful that my family supported me,” said Vicens, who played both football and baseball at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida, where he won two state championships in baseball and one in football.

He capped his hectic week by returning a deflected pass 45 yards for a touchdown during Saturday’s UMaine football scrimmage at Alfond Stadium. Zach Hume and Michael Supp also intercepted deflected passes.

“I love it. I feel like I’ve known the team my whole life,” Vicens said. “They originally put me at safety but I didn’t feel comfortable. I’m a little more comfortable at rover. I’ve been working with my coaches and teammates, and I’m getting better every day.”

He said he intends to get some batting practice in and work on his baseball skills when time allows.

Maine baseball coach Steve Trimper said Vicens will be the leading candidate to start in center field next spring.

Vicens played baseball at Miami Dade Community College last year, and he was chosen to several all-star teams in high school. He was the Miami Herald Broward Player of the Year, and he was a MaxPreps 2013 Underclass All-American.

“It’s never bad to have an athlete like that,” Harasymiak said. “He’s a Division I center fielder, and he’s obviously a good player. He’s been here about a week and this was his first live situation. He made a good play. He’s going to add to our program. He’s from a good football high school. He was recruited for both sports and baseball was better for him.

“Once he gets his feet underneath him, and today was a good start, he could contribute to us, hopefully this year. We’ll see what happens,” Harasymiak said.