Summer may be reaching its halfway point, but it hasn’t stopped college coaches all over the country from still scrambling to add new prep names to their rosters for the upcoming year.
One of the lucky recipients of the mad dash was Sulphur’s Dylan Walker, who signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid Monday at the Sulphur High School library.
“It’s a relief,” Walker said afterwards. “It’s always been a dream (to play college baseball).”
Walker credited the Northern Oklahoma coaching staff and the facilities at the school as a big part of the reason he chose the program.
“They have great coaches, the baseball field is one of the best around here,” Walker said.
A two-time All-Ardmoreite Super Team selection in baseball, Walker said he first heard from the coaching staff at Northern Oklahoma two weeks ago during a baseball tournament in Enid. Walker will play catcher for the Jets, and Sulphur coach Corey Cole sees a lot of potential with the young player.
“They’re going to be getting the ultimate team player,” Cole said. “He understands that everybody has a role and he leads by example. He’s a tremendously hard worker and he’ll be somebody they can count on every day. They’re going to get 110 percent out of Dylan Walker. I’d take nine Dylan Walkers any day of the week.”
As one of the leaders of a successful Sulphur program over the past few years, Cole praised Walker’s savvy approach to the game as one of his best strengths.
“He’s very baseball smart and understands situations,” Cole said. “We’ve let him call his own game behind the plate, and he’s able to understand the game.
He’s also a great hitter, maybe the best two-strike hitter I’ve ever been around.”
Walker will be reporting to Northern in the third week of August. Until then, he plans to prepare, but also just enjoy the opportunity he now has.
“I’m going to work out and get ready,” Walker said. I’ve thought about the challenges, but right now I’m not really worried about it, I’m just glad I have somewhere to go.”