Golloway, Sooners sign Ward

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners may have suffered a damaging sweep Tuesday, but a day later they've turned the page, signing an elite high school athlete.

The Sooners may have suffered a damaging sweep Tuesday, but a day later they've turned the page and signed an elite high school athlete.

Leedey HS infielder Drew Ward inked a National Letter of Intent with the Sooners Wednesday as one of OU's elite 2014 signees.

"We are very excited to have Drew and his family joining our family here at Oklahoma Baseball," said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. "Drew's outstanding talent speaks for itself on the diamond, but what is even more impressive is the character of this young man. We are honored he will be a Sooner for life."

Ward, an All-American by Perfect Game, ESPN and MaxPreps in 2012, was a consensus top-five prospect before reclassifying as a senior earlier this academic year.

He is hitting .565 with seven homers and 26 RBI this spring, including a .780 on-base percentage and 1.217 slugging percentage.

Ward has compiled a .571 batting average with 63 home runs, 233 RBIs and 247 walks throughout his career.

His freshman season he led the Bison to a state runner-up finish in the fall tournament and set a state record with 88 walks over his fall and spring seasons.

He is the 11th high school player and 15th total to sign with OU for 2014.

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