Checotah’s Caleb Knight – “The Cowboy Way” Presented by Connors State

Following a standout high school career at Checotah including earning Valedictorian honors, leading the Wildcats to the second round of the football playoffs and then to the state baseball tournament for the first time in school history in 2014, Caleb Knight wrestled with making the right decision about his future.

But following a visit to Connors State College, Knight’s pathway to the future was clear.

“Growing up as a kid, I was all into football but once I got to high school, I realized baseball could be my future”, recalled Knight, now a member of the Chicago Cubs pro baseball organization. “I went over and watched a game and I fell in love with Connors. The atmosphere there, the way things were handled, I knew it was the right place for me.”

It’s a choice that has opened doors on and off the field.

“Coach (Perry) Keith runs a pro-style program. He not only expects the best out of you as a baseball player, but also as an individual,” said Knight. “My experience made my transition to pro ball seamless because of the way he builds up people and gets you mentally prepared.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or as Knight explains, it’s the Cowboy Way.

“Connors is a place where you’re expected to win, not just in baseball but also in life. Be the best you can be, show up everyday and take care of business in the classroom and on the baseball field,” Knight confirmed with confidence.

Recipient of the Rawlings Gold Glove award and NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year honors at catcher playing for the Cowboys, Knight’s appreciation for Connors also extends to the classroom and the campus environment.

“All the instructors were fantastic. They pushed you to achieve your best but then they genuinely wanted to help you find success in the classroom and in life through building relationships on a one-on-one basis,” Knight admits. “Coming from Checotah to Warner, I was really comfortable going from small town to small town. On campus, there’s friendly and personable people everywhere just looking to help in every way.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fast-forward to 2020. With his never-ending fan base offering encouragement, Knight anxiously awaits a return to pro baseball following the virus pandemic. The Checotah native calls Connors the best decision he’s ever made.

“Without question, Connors has been one of the best things to ever happen to me.

It’s helped me set the bar really high to always push to be a better player and a better person. Connors helped me solidify a true work ethic, how to work for everything you get for the rest of your life.”