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Local two-sport star chooses Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners have another two-sport star headed their way. Norman High School’s Cade Horton committed Tuesday afternoon to play both baseball and football, confirming baseball head coach Skip Johnson’s tweet late Monday night.

“Excited to announce that I have committed to The University of Oklahoma to play both baseball and football! #BOOMER,” Horton tweeted to announce the news.

Horton was previously committed to Ole Miss, but the opportunity presented itself last summer for him to play both sports at OU, a draw that was too good to pass up. He’s widely regarded as one of the best shortstops and pitchers in the country and is also underrated at quarterback out of the 2020 class.

Horton, a righty, has been clocked at 93 mph, which puts him upwards of the 99th percentile. He hit .461 as a junior for the Tigers.

Perfect Game has this evaluation on Horton: Cade Horton is a 2020 SS with a 6-2 190 lb. frame from Norman, OK who attends Norman HS. Extra-large and athletic frame with broad shoulders and present strength proportioned evenly throughout frame. Primary shortstop, moves well going to the backhand, gets on top of throws and remains under control with actions, fields the ball out front, pulls front side early on throws but works on top of throws and shows easy and big arm strength across the diamond with carry. Also pitched, high hand raise at start of delivery, works extremely quick on the mound and shows similar fast arm while working to a high three-quarters release point. Fastball jumps out of hand and topped out at 92 mph; lots of comfort throwing hard slider for strikes, up to 79 mph and shows tight spin with hard bite, can continue to maintain arm speed at release. Righthanded hitter, begins with a high hand set and back elbow at the plate; loads weight onto backside and utilizes a leg lift trigger for timing. Stays short to the ball and inside but shows plenty of strength while creating extension out front. Creates hard jump off the barrel at point of contact with occasional leverage. Very nice two-way potential moving forward. Very good student. Named to PG Underclass Top Prospect List.

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The Sooners obviously have had great recent success with two-sport stars on the diamond and gridiron. Kyler Murray, drafted ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics, has a chance to become the first ever player to be selected in the first round of both the MLB and NFL Drafts. He won the school’s second consecutive Heisman Trophy while accounting for a program-record 5,362 yards of total offense, plus 54 touchdowns. That school record is better than Baker Mayfield’s last year with one fewer game.

Before that, he played in 51 games for Johnson’s club, hitting .296 with 10 homers and 47 RBI. He also stole 10 bases in 14 attempts, with 46 runs scored.

So the opportunity is certainly there for Horton to excel in both baseball and football at OU. He’s made the decision to pursue it.

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