Oral Roberts infielder Caleb Denny (14) throws during an NCAA baseball game against Radford on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, in Mobile, Ala.

AP Photo/Matthew Hinton

South Carolina’s baseball program is adding a powerhouse all-rounder to its lineup.

Oral Roberts infielder/outfielder Caleb Denny announced on Thursday that he was moving to the Gamecocks. He just completed his second redshirt season at ORU and has two years left of eligibility.

Denny paid an official visit to USC Tuesday-Wednesday.

“The biggest factor that drew me to South Carolina was the coaches and the staff,” Denny said. “Everyone I spoke to, from Coach Kingston to the managers, were great guys. Add to the fact that South Carolina is in the SEC, the facilities are second to none and Columbia is a great place, there was lots of things that drew me to South Carolina.

The Gamecocks will be Denny’s third stop in his college career. Denny started his career in Arkansas but went redshirted before moving to Oral Roberts in 2020.

Denny has twice been selected to the All-Summit League First Team in the past two seasons. This year, he hit .331 with a team-best 11 home runs and 57 RBIs in helping ORU advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Denny played in and outfield during his time at Oral Roberts.

“At the end of the day, I will play wherever the team needs me. I would consider myself a utility guy so I can play wherever the team needs me,” Denny said. “…I feel like the most important thing I bring to this program is experience. I’ve been in the college game for 4 years and I feel like there’s no substitute for the experience in this game.

The Oklahoma native was one of the top 500 players in the nation by Perfect Game upon leaving Owasso High School in 2019. He was the eighth-ranked player at Oklahoma State and the No. 3.

Denny is the seventh transfer to join the Gamecocks since the end of the season and the second this week. Ricky Williams announced he was moving from Clemson to South Carolina.

South Carolina Baseball Transfer Commits

RHP Nick Proctor – California

RHP Ricky Williams—Clemson

1B/OF Dylan Brewer—Clemson

C Jonathan French — Clemson

1B/OF Jacob Compton—Memphis

INF/OF Caleb Denny — Oral Roberts

INF/RHP Chris Veach — Presbyterian

This story was originally published June 23, 2022 7:34 p.m.

Lou Bezjak is the High School Athletic Readiness Coordinator for State (Columbia) and Island Packet (Hilton Head). He previously worked at the Florence Morning News and has covered high school sports in South Carolina since 2002. Lou is a two-time South Carolina Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.
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