2020 prospect Cade Horton was previously committed to play baseball for the Ole Miss Rebels, but when the Oklahoma Sooners offered the Norman High standout the opportunity of playing both football and baseball this past June, it was safe to assume that OU would be tough to beat. On Tuesday, the pitcher/QB announced his intention to stay in his hometown.
Horton throws a 93 mph fastball, batted .461 as a junior and is considered one of the better baseball prospects in his class, but he also led his football team to the school’s first playoff berth since 2012. He’s not considered a big prospect on the gridiron at this particular point in time, but he’s definitely an entertaining player who could make a nice addition to the QB room.
With Oklahoma’s recent history of facilitating the needs of athletes who play both football and baseball, the two programs have a unique selling point. Kyler Murray was notably able to play 51 games this past spring without missing football practice, and Lincoln Riley’s relationship with head baseball coach Skip Johnson seems to be pretty healthy. In fact, Johnson took a page out of Riley’s playbook and teased the commitment Monday evening.
It’s important to note that the talented Horton could potentially have a baseball decision to make in the summer of 2020, but he’ll cross that bridge when he comes to it. For now, he’s committed to play two sports for his hometown school, which has to be a pretty great feeling.