Bishop Kelly's Ogata commits to Utah baseball

The Utes provide a 'great fit' for the athletic Knight.

rroberts@idahostatesman.comSeptember 11, 2013 

Bowen Ogata made an official visit to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City over the weekend, and he came home thinking it was the place for him.

The two-time 4A Southern Idaho Conference baseball player of the year from Bishop Kelly High gave a verbal commitment to Utes coach Bill Kinneberg on Sunday night.

"It is a great fit for me and my family. It's close to Boise," said Ogata, who has a younger brother and sister. "I kind of like the bigger school atmosphere, and it's Pac-12 baseball. I really loved all the coaches and the people I met down there. They were great."

Ogata, who also is the starting quarterback on the Knights' football team, batted .536 with five home runs and 38 RBIs last season. He also had offers from Santa Clara and Dixie State, he said.

While Ogata also pitches for the Knights, the Utes recruited him to play infield — likely shortstop or second base, he said. He bats and throws right-handed and is 29-1 as a starting pitcher for the Knights.

"Bottom line is, he is as complete a player as I've seen in the Treasure Valley in a long time," Bishop Kelly coach Bobby Sutcliffe said.

Ogata has played at the varsity level in baseball and football since he was a freshman. He was a member of Bishop Kelly's 2010 football state championship team, and has gone to state every year in baseball.

Despite his talents in both sports, Ogata said he has always loved baseball.

"I've kind of always just wanted to play baseball in college," Ogata said. "That's kind of been my mindset that I've had since I was a little kid."

Ogata's dad, Bret, wrestled at Boise State, and his uncle, Ty, played football for the Broncos.

The Pac-12 has produced the past two national champions in baseball (UCLA in 2013 and Arizona in 2012), and four of the past eight (Oregon State in 2006-07).

Utah is 13-46 in league play since joining the Pac-12 two seasons ago.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422,Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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