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Oklahoma shortstop becomes Todd Butler’s first Wichita State 2014 commitment

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at 4:33 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 10:03 a.m.

Wichita State baseball coach Todd Butler has his first recruit from the class of 2014.

Edmond (Okla.) Deer Creek shortstop Jordan Boyer gave WSU an oral commitment on Tuesday. Boyer plans to sign with WSU in November and will be a freshman for the 2015 season. WSU coaches cannot comment on Boyer until he signs.

“He’s one of the most pure shortstops I’ve had,” Deer Creek coach Ron Moore said. “We put him in the leadoff spot because he does a variety of things. The opportunity for him to get better is going to be an awesome thing to watch.”

Boyer (6-foot-2, 170 pounds) hit .398 with two home runs and nine doubles in 29 games for Deer Creek. He walked 12 times and struck out nine and complied a .485 on-base percentage. In summer baseball, Moore said Boyer often hit in the second or third spots in the order to drive in runs.

“He was driving the ball into the gaps,” Moore said. “I think he’ll do more of that in the future for us.”

Boyer attended camps at Arkansas, and Butler was evaluating him as part of his duties as an assistant at Arkansas. WSU hired him in June and his first priority became catching up on recruits from the class of 2014. Moore said Boyer also knows new WSU assistant Brian Walker and new director of operations Scott Gurss, who played for Moore at Deer Creek.

“The coaching staff is what got my attention,” Boyer said. “We really liked (Butler) at Arkansas. He was so involved with everything and so helpful.”

Boyer wears a size 14 shoe and plans on growing.

“I’m kind of a tall, lanky guy,” he said. “Shortstop is where you get the most action and my favorite thing is diving on the ground and getting dirty. I love to lay out and make plays.”

Reach Paul Suellentrop at 316-269-6760 or psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @paulsuellentrop.

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