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OU baseball: Enid's Blake Priest commits to Sooners

For as long as Blake Priest can remember, he’s always dreamt of playing baseball for the Sooners.

“Always been a die-hard OU fan,” Priest said. “Only college team I watch. Sometimes I’ll catch myself watching their gymnastics, golf and tennis teams. That’s how much I love OU.”

So when Oklahoma offered Priest on Tuesday night, he knew exactly where he was going. 

Priest announced his commitment to the Sooners with a Twitter post on Wednesday. 

“Blessed beyond measures,” the senior from Enid High School wrote. “Excited to announce I’m 100% committed to the University of Oklahoma to continue my academic and baseball careers!”

Priest is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-handed pitcher who throws an 84 mph fastball along with a curveball, changeup and slider. An arsenal of pitches valuable enough to earn offers from colleges across the state.

“Before OU, all I had was JUCO’s,” he said. 

Priest had grown interests from schools such as NOC Tonkawa, Carl Albert, Cowley College and others before the Sooners offered him. 

It was a call he will never forget. 

“They first called me yesterday at about 5 [p.m.],” he said. “Then I called them back around 10:30 [p.m.] and they pitched the offer. It was crazy. Dream come true.”

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›