October 22, 2011 Updated: July 3, 2013 at 9:50 am
Labor Day Weekend is a good couple of days to watch college football open its season. It’s even better if you spend it tailgating at a game. It’s even better if you spend it tailgating at the school you’re about to go to with the baseball team you’re about to join.
That’s how Liberty High School senior Brent Williams spent his Labor Day: tailgating with the Oklahoma State University baseball team before OSU’s football team went out and pounded Louisiana-Lafayette 61-34 in Stillwater, Okla.
Soon after that official visit to OSU, Williams, a catcher with the Lancers, verbally committed to play baseball for the Cowboys.
“(The baseball players) were super generous,” Williams said recently. “All of them went out of their way to talk to me and ask me questions. That was something I really needed.”
The entire experience was one Williams loved.
“They showed me the academic support and the things they do for students and players there,” Williams said. “The academic program for everything was phenomenal. ... The whole town was just all about Oklahoma State.”
Williams opened his high school career at Liberty playing shortstop. His bat was too good to leave on the bench, and then Liberty coach Lance McCorkle needed it in the lineup.
“As a freshman he proved his point that, ‘Hey I belong here,’” McCorkle said.
Williams has kept proving he belongs there. Through his first three seasons at Liberty he’s set school records in home runs, hits and doubles.
“He’s a natural catcher,” said McCorkle, who resigned at the end of last season. “His bat was so good I had to get him in the lineup.”
Williams, the 5A Metro League Player of the Year and a Gazette first-teamer, hit .533 last season, drove in 33 runs and slugged eight home runs.
Another drawing card for the Cowboys was Williams knowing he could see playing time as soon as his freshman season. By the time Williams enrolls for the 2012-13 school year, the Cowboys could be hurting for a catcher.
He also has family in Stillwater and his grandfather graduated from OSU. An occasional home-cooked meal won’t be a bad thing for him.
“That’d be awesome having family there, them being able to come to games and support me,” said Williams, who visited family on his trip. “My oldest brother just lives three hours away in Texas. I’d be close to him, as well, which would be awesome for me.”