White Oak Outfielder Elijah Trest Commits To Arkansas
Arkansas has a notable place in Division I baseball history.
Eight College World Series appearances. Fourteen straight NCAA Tournament appearances prior to 2016. Eight first-round MLB draft picks and 212 picks in total.
White Oak's Elijah Trest is expected be a part of future Razorbacks teams. The junior outfielder verbally committed to the storied program Monday and became the second local 2018 prospect to pledge to a Southeastern Conference school.
Carthage outfielder Hunter Townsend committed to Mississippi last October.
Trest has started on White Oak's baseball team since his freshman year. As a sophomore, the right fielder elevated his batting average 49 points to .288 and upped his on-base percentage to .442 through 38 career high school games.
The junior also notched his first two career wins on the mound last season and now owns a 2-0 record through 30 career innings of work.
White Oak reached the Class 3A Region III semifinals this past season and made an area round appearance Trest's freshman year.
Trest is expected to be a good football player as well. He made eight varsity tackles last season as a defender and caught seven passes for 39 yards.
White Oak football lost 10 seniors to graduation following its trip to the Class 3A Division I regional semifinals, so Trest should have a bigger role the next two seasons.
Arkansas' 14-year run to NCAA Tournaments ended this year after a 26-29 baseball season. It missed the 12-team SEC Tournament field as a result of its conference-worst 7-23 league record.
The 2016 season was easily the worst of head coach Dave Van Horn's 13 years in Fayetteville, Ark. All of Van Horn's other Razorback squads at least qualified for the postseason toward his 550-324 overall record at the school.
Van Horn owns a 870-483 all-time coaching record with other stops at Texarkana College, Central Missouri State, Northwestern State and Nebraska. Nebraska went to two College World Series with Van Horn while Arkansas has enjoyed five trips to Omaha with the coach.
Arkansas still has a ways to go with Trest to make it official.
Trest, like all baseball prospects entering their junior year of high school, will not become eligible to sign with the program until November of 2017 and will automatically become eligible for the 2018 MLB draft after graduating high school.