Claremore Daily Progress

July 12, 2013

Claremore’s Howe, Whatley verbally commit to ORU

Tim Ritter
Sports Editor

CLAREMORE — Oral Roberts University baseball is quickly becoming a hotbed for Claremore Zebra players.

The recent signing of Claremore left-handed pitcher Jacob Teague to the Golden Eagles baseball team and the verbal commitments of seniors Matt Whatley and Bryce Howe have  provided the ORU program with three key ingredients to make a run at the Southland Conference title for the next five years.

Teague, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound southpaw, will get his first taste of NCAA Division I competition this fall as an incoming freshman pitcher for ORU.

Whatley, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior catcher, and Howe, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior pitcher, will complete their prep careers in 2013-14 before joining Teague and the rest of the ORU Golden Eagles.

Whatley and Howe announced their commitments in June after drawing the attention of the ORU coaching staff during a showcase at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Whatley, who smashed a double off the right-field wall at OU, caught the eyes of the ORU coaches with his 1.85 per second pop time on his throw from the plate to second base.

Howe, meanwhile, gained the same notoriety and attention with his 90-mph fastball and low 80s curveball.

Whatley and Howe can officially sign in November.