Wichita State Shockers

Shockers pick up two commitments

Wichita State baseball coaches didn't waste time recruiting catcher Parker Zimmerman, and their aggressiveness paid off.

Zimmerman, from Stillwater, Okla., and Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast infielder Tanner Kirk both made their oral commitments to WSU public recently. Both are seniors who plan to sign a letter of intent in November.

Zimmerman (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) visited WSU in early July after coaches called him on the first day allowed by NCAA rules. In late July, he committed to WSU.

"That's one thing I really felt, that they really wanted me because they moved really fast," Zimmerman said. "Wichita State's always been a dream school of mine. I felt a real connection with the coaches and the team and the tradition that Wichita State has."

Zimmerman enjoyed a look at one of the recent high points for that tradition. He was at Oklahoma State's Reynolds Stadium when the Shockers defeated OSU in a 2008 NCAA regional.

"I remember being at the championship game and that was the most packed I've ever seen (Reynolds Stadium) for that game," he said. "I remember how loaded Wichita State was."

Zimmerman grew up an Oklahoma State fan, but the Cowboys didn't recruit him. He considered an offer from Missouri State and said Kansas State and Missouri talked to him often.

He hit .386 with four home runs for Stillwater last season and started at catcher as a sophomore and junior.

"He does a tremendous job behind the plate," Stillwater coach Tony Holt said. "I think he'll do nothing but get better swinging the bat. I think he's potentially got big power numbers as he gets bigger and stronger."

Kirk (6-0, 185) plays shortstop and pitches for the Nebraska Sluggers summer team. Coach Johnny Graves said he impressed WSU coaches by stopping a bad-hop ball off his face during a game.

"He's a tough kid," Graves said. "He can run. He's got a very good arm."

Kirk played with WSU freshmen A.J. Ladwig, Casey Gillaspie and Taylor Doggett for the Sluggers this summer.

WSU has three oral commitments from the class of 2013 — Concordia pitcher Garrett Brummett committed earlier in the summer. He is the son of former WSU pitcher Greg Brummett.

* Former Bishop Carroll player Tucker Chadd is walking on at WSU this fall. Chadd, who catches and plays first base, was an All-City League pick at catcher as a senior at Bishop Carroll.

The Shockers started senior-led workouts on Tuesday.