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WISTER â€” Last year, Carl Albert State College signed three LeFlore County players. Add one more for next year's roster.
Wister Wildcat senior pitcher/catcher Cody Luman signed a letter of intent last week with the Vikings.
â€śI just really like the program, and it's been doing pretty good lately,â€ť Luman said. â€śAnd, it's close to home. I'm excited about it.â€ť
â€śHe has meant a lot to this program,â€ť Wister Coach John McAlester said. â€śHe's thrown some big ball games for us. He's just one of those kids who is good to just have around.â€ť
Carl Albert Coach Mark Pollard believes he's got a unique player.
â€śHe's a good player, and a good athlete,â€ť he said. â€śHe's strong. He can throw it. He may have a chance to both pitch and play â€” I'm not saying he will, but he will may have the chance. He likes to compete.â€ť
Last year, the Vikings signed Luman's teammate, Scoute Warren, along with Whitesboro's Dexter Morgan and Poteau's Connor Gilstrap â€” not to mention Red Oak's Dwight Camp, Mason Crenshaw, Micah Crenshaw and Brooks Deatherage.
â€śI played against a lot of the guys there my whole life, and I know them pretty well,â€ť Luman said. â€śI think it's going to be fun to get to play with them. That aided in my decision to go there.â€ť
McAlester believes that the sky's the limit for Luman at Carl Albert.
â€śHe's a great young man,â€ť he said. â€śI think he's got unlimited potential. He's got the build. I think when he gets there and they can work out with him and put some more muscle on him, I think he's really going to blossom into something special at the next level.
â€śI think he's one of those kids who steps up to the level (of competition) that he's around. When he gets to the college level and the competition is more fierce, I think it's going to push him to do well at the next level.â€ť
Of late, the Vikings have been recruiting, and signing, players from winning programs since winning and success have already been instilled into those athletes. Luman is no exception.
â€śLately, we've been trying to recruit players who have been from winning programs because they have had a lot of success â€” and he's had a lot of success,â€ť Pollard said. â€śThey know how to compete. They know what it takes to win. They know how to take it to the next level to win.â€ť
Just because Luman has signed his college letter of intent to become a Viking does not mean the work is over. There's still more work ahead to be done.
â€śI'm still going to work hard because I still need to go out there and prove myself (at the college level),â€ť the senior Wildcat said.