For the last three days regarding the MLB Draft, the focus has been on current Oklahoma baseball players being selected.
But Saturday afternoon brought a different dimension to things with football signee Zach Farrar selected in the 26th round of the draft by the Chicago White Sox.
Farrar, a four-star receiver from Southlake (Texas) Carroll, is the first OU football signee to be selected in the baseball draft since former quarterback Cody Thomas was picked in 2013.
Throughout the bulk of his recruitment, Farrar always made it pretty clear he wanted the opportunity to play both baseball and football. Initially committed to Mississippi State, the Bulldogs were going to allow that to occur.
However, when the Sooners came calling and made the offer a week before signing day, it was just about making sure all the pieces fit with OU and Farrar to make him a Sooner.
One of those pieces was indeed baseball as Farrar got to spend time with OU baseball coach Pete Hughes on his official visit, and it was agreed he would at least get the opportunity to play both sports in Norman.
Farrar arrived in Norman earlier this week and is already working out with the football team. Because he was chosen in the 26th round and is already enrolled and on campus, it’s highly unlikely Farrar elects to go professional at this point in time.
Thomas, a four-star quarterback for OU’s 2013 class, was chosen in the 30th round three years ago and opted to stay at OU. Coincidentally, Thomas was selected in the 13th round of the MLB Draft as well on Saturday afternoon.
With Farrar’s blend of size and speed, he seems to be a perfect fit for the Sooners and a nice addition so close to signing day.
After his official visit, Farrar flipped to OU from Mississippi State just days before signing and making it official.