Coffeyville Community College third baseman Chase Rader gave Wichita State an oral commitment on Thursday, according to Coffeyville coach John Martin.
Rader (6-foot, 200 pounds) hit .302 with five home runs, 11 doubles and a school-record 42 stolen bases for the Red Ravens last spring. He earned second-team All-Jayhawk Conference honors at first base. He was a second-team All-Metro shortstop, chosen by The Kansas City Star, as a senior at Shawnee Mission Northwest.
“He’s very athletic,” Martin said. “He plays hard and is a strong kid that can steal bases and drive in runs. He drives the ball in the gaps and can hit some home runs.”
Martin said Rader, from Shawnee, chose WSU over Arkansas.
Rader played for the Fayetteville (N.C.) SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League. He hit .236 in 33 games and stole six bases and played in the league’s July all-star game.
"He's freakishly athletic and that comes through when you watch him play every night,” Fayetteville coach Darrell Handlesman told the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer. “He's very raw still, and learning, but he wants to learn and he asks questions."