The wait is over for Briley Knight.
After committing to Utah’s baseball program in September 2016, the Crescent Valley High senior standout finally signed his national letter of intent with the Pac-12 Conference school Wednesday morning.
“They were my first offer and when I went on an official visit there, it was absolutely amazing,” said Knight, who also plays receiver and defensive back for CV’s football team. The Raiders have a game at Churchill at 7 p.m. Friday in the 5A state quarterfinals.
“It’s a great baseball program. They won the Pac-12 a couple years ago so I’m digging that, and the coaches love me and have been super welcoming. It’s been great.”
Knight chose the Utes over offers from San Jose State and Cal State Bakersfield. He was also recruited by Oregon State but did not receive a scholarship offer from the defending Pac-12 champion.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound catcher’s dad, Brooke Knight, played football and baseball for the Beavers. Brooke Knight is also the manager of the West Coast League’s Corvallis Knights.
“Before Utah offered, I had always dreamed of going to Oregon State,” Briley Knight said. “They would call me every week and they liked how I played, but they never really offered. After a bit I was thinking I really liked Utah and this is a great opportunity for me, so I might as well go there and beat the Beavers instead.”
Knight, a left-handed batter, was the Mid-Willamette Conference player of the year last spring and a 5A first-team all-state selection. He batted .493 with seven homers, 14 doubles and 46 RBIs while stealing 17 bases.
Knight is being recruited to play catcher.
“They mainly like me for my hitting so they aren’t afraid to pop me out in the outfield or infield,” Knight said. “Whatever it takes, I just want to play as much as I can.”
Soule signs with Nevada
Crescent Valley senior Lindsey Soule will continue her swimming career for Nevada.
Soule has won consecutive titles in the 500-yard freestyle at the 5A state championships. She also finished first in the 200 freestyle as a junior last February.
Soule swims for Corvallis Aquatic Team and is a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.
The Wolfpack compete in the Division I Mountain West Conference.
Preston, Carley to sign Monday
Two Santiam Christian athletes are set to sign letters of intent next Monday.
Rebeka Preston will be competing in track and field for Division II Biola University (La Mirada, California) while Grant Carley will play baseball at College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.
Preston was the 2017 state champion in the triple jump with a mark of 37 feet, 6 inches — 3A’s fourth-best jump of all-time — and won back-to-back 400-meter titles in 2015-16. She also competes in basketball and volleyball for the Eagles.
Carley was a first-team all-state utility player last spring as SC reached the 3A baseball quarterfinals. Saturday afternoon, Carley will be quarterbacking SC in the football playoffs against Vale.