WISTER — 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.
“I just really like the program, and it's been doing pretty good lately,” Luman said. “And, it's close to home. I'm excited about it.”
“He has meant a lot to this program,” Wister Coach John McAlester said. “He's thrown some big ball games for us. He's just one of those kids who is good to just have around.”
Carl Albert Coach Mark Pollard believes he's got a unique player.
“He's a good player, and a good athlete,” he said. “He's strong. He can throw it. He may have a chance to both pitch and play — I'm not saying he will, but he will may have the chance. He likes to compete.”
Last year, the Vikings signed Luman's teammate, Scoute Warren, along with Whitesboro's Dexter Morgan and Poteau's Connor Gilstrap — not to mention Red Oak's Dwight Camp, Mason Crenshaw, Micah Crenshaw and Brooks Deatherage.
“I played against a lot of the guys there my whole life, and I know them pretty well,” Luman said. “I think it's going to be fun to get to play with them. That aided in my decision to go there.”
McAlester believes that the sky's the limit for Luman at Carl Albert.
“He's a great young man,” he said. “I 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.
“I 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.”
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.
“Lately, we've been trying to recruit players who have been from winning programs because they have had a lot of success — and he's had a lot of success,” Pollard said. “They know how to compete. They know what it takes to win. They know how to take it to the next level to win.”
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.
“I'm still going to work hard because I still need to go out there and prove myself (at the college level),” the senior Wildcat said.