NORMAN — University of Oklahoma head baseball coach Sunny Golloway announced the addition of 13 student-athletes in the early signing period as part of the 2014 incoming class on Wednesday.
"I'm really excited about this signing class and the balance that it brings to our program," said Golloway. "Our coaching staff has done an outstanding job of filling our future needs. Although we understand that some of these young men will have an opportunity to sign a Major League Baseball contract, we feel we have projected well to keep our program in a strong position and have extremely talented student-athletes representing the University of Oklahoma for years to come."
The Sooners welcome 10 high school players for the '14 campaign, including three hailing from the state of Oklahoma. Right-handed pitcher Bryant Hodge (Moore, Okla./Christian Heritage Academy), infielder Trey Michalczewski (Jenks, Okla./Jenks HS) and right-handed pitcher Kyle Stephens (Edmond, Okla./Edmond HS) will represent the Sooner State by sporting the Crimson & Cream.
OU's out-of-state high school recruits include infielder Niko Buentello (Lewisville, Texas/Lewisville HS), right-handed pitcher Jake Elliott (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS), right-handed pitcher Alec Hansen (Loveland, Colo./Loveland HS), left-handed pitcher Chris Kohler (Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos HS), infielder/right-handed pitcher Sheldon Neuse (Fort Worth, Texas/Fossil Ridge HS), catcher Jacob Nottingham (Redlands, Calif./Redlands HS) and left-handed pitcher Octavio Rodriguez (El Paso, Texas/Franklin HS).
Oklahoma also added three junior college standouts for the 2014 season, including infielder Josh Ake (Readington, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional HS/North Carolina/Howard College), utility player Keach Ballard (Durant, Okla./Silo HS/Murray State College) and right-handed pitcher Caleb Simpson (Norman, Okla./Norman North HS/Seminole State).
"We're very excited about the strength of our incoming recruiting class," said recruiting coordinator Jack Giese. "There's no question that all of these young men have a chance to come in and have an immediate impact on our program. Not only will they have an impact on the field, but their high character and work ethic will ensure that they contribute to the University of Oklahoma in the classroom and in our community as well."