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.”