Wyandotte's Jared White, who is 85 strikeouts from the state career record, signed a baseball letter of intent with Northeastern A&M Tuesday afternoon.
White has fanned 457 in his first three years with the Bears.
The record is held by Abel DeLora of Oklahoma City U.S. Grant from 1998-2001.
“It will be great, White said. “My parents can come watch me. That's the biggest part of staying this close - everyone can come watch me.
White is the first of six initial signees with the Norsemen. Head coach Roger Ward hopes to sign another handful by the end of the school year.
“We see him as a two-way guy - he's going to catch, play some first base and pitch for us, Ward said. “He's a very good hitter. We will continue to pursue all those things for him. Hoping that professionally, someone will come in and say you need to focus on this area and if you do and do really well, we have a chance to sign you.' But eventually, he's going to have to pick.
He also can play first and third base.
“He is a corner guy, a catching guy and a pitching guy - I don't know where he's going to end up yet, Ward said. “He has talent in all those areas. He's a great hitter. He's a left-handed hitter and those are hard to find. When you are able to get four positions out of one guy helps you especially in these days of declining budgets and scholarship opportunities.
“He's had a stellar career for us and continued to get better as he went along, Wyandotte coach Troy Gray said. “He has continued to work and improve. He had a lot options. It came down to the fact that Roger's had a reputation for sending kids on to the next level, which he wants to do. It lets his family watch - it's a lot closer.
White has been the Lucky 7 Conference's most valuable player the past two years.
In 2006, he struck out 166 - an average of 14.35 per game - and allowed only 33 hits in 81.0 innings. He had a 0.86 earned run average while posting a 9-3 record. He had one save.
On his career, White has a 0.96 ERA, logging 457 strikeouts and 63 walks while allowing 115 hits over 243 1/3 innings. His record is 28-8 with eight saves.
Offensively in '06, White batted .506 with a .575 on-base percentage. He collected 42 hits in 83 at-bats, including 17 doubles and three home runs.
White drove in 32 runs and scored nine times. He drew 14 walks and struck out only seven times.
He's got a career .492 batting average, driving in 113 runs while collecting 40 doubles, two triples and three home runs.
“We kept waiting for him to have that bad year and it hasn't happened, Gray said. “I think that is a testament to him that he's willing to continued to work and get better. His home run production dropped his junior year, not because he can't hit the ball out, but because they were throwing him away. So what does he do? He doubles his output of doubles for the year. He adapts.