Maize senior outfielder Conner Knight is ready for a wardrobe change.
Out with the purple. In with Wu-Shock. Knight orally committed to Wichita State's baseball team this week. His parents attended Kansas State and he owns plenty of Wildcat shirts and hats.
"I'm going to have to start wearing some gold and black," he said. "(My parents) like my decision. They loved how I stayed in town and they can come watch practically every game."
The 2007 super regional at Eck Stadium is still paying off for the Shockers. Knight attended those games and the sight of a full stadium stuck with him. The artificial turf and the indoor workout facility also make WSU an attractive choice.
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"I've lived in Wichita my whole life and I've always loved the school," he said. "I go to a lot of games. I love the atmosphere. I love the facilities."
The Kansas Coaches Association put Knight (5-foot-9, 172 pounds) on its All-Class 6A second team as a closer. He was an All-Metro pick as a utility player after hitting .424 with 24 RBI and recording three saves.
WSU is recruiting him as an outfielder. He is a left-handed hitter who throws with his right hand. He considers himself a gap hitter who likes to go to the opposite field and use his speed.
"I like running the bases," he said. "I like chasing down flyballs, being active and running around."
Knight said he chose WSU over Kansas State, and it wasn't an easy decision. Shocker assistant coach Jim Thomas impressed him with his regular attention.
"They came out to a whole lot of games and they really showed a lot of interest," he said.
He joins utility player Tyler Baker of Shawnee Heights as commitments from the class of 2011. Players can sign with WSU beginning Nov. 10.