Garrett Kaufman and Josh Oller join 24 other student-athletes to commit to the NSU baseball program for the 2014 season.
Kaufman is a freshman-transfer from Arkansas State, where he signed to play football. After a coaching change at ASU, he decided to pursue baseball.
“Garrett is someone we have been on since last fall. We are thrilled he has decided to focus on baseball,” said Burroughs. “The sky is the limit for Garrett. He is physical and has tremendous athleticism and toughness.”
The Bentonville, Ark. native, was a three-year letterman in football and two-year letterman in baseball at Bentonville High School. His team reached the state championship three times, and won his sophomore season.
The 6-1 catcher was named all-state in football his senior year and all-conference his final two seasons. He was voted one of the top three defensive players in the state of Arkansas.
“This is young man will be making the transition from Division I football to baseball, and once he adapts to the game, look out,” said Burroughs. “He is exactly what you are looking for in today’s game, strength, athletic and attitude. We look forward to watching him develop and the what he can bring to our team”
He is the son of Tracy and Williams Kaufman, and has one sister, Jordan. He will major in business and plans he to get his master of business administration (MBA) after he graduates.
Oller is a junior-transfer from Angelina College (Texas) where he was voted as an all-conference pitcher with a 4-1 record and a 1.87 earned run average.
The right-handed pitcher was a four-year letterman at Concordia Lutheran in Tomball, Texas, and led his team to the playoffs his senior year.
“I am extremely pleased that Josh has decided to become a Demon,” said Burroughs. “He pitched in one of the toughest junior college regions in the country, and was used in multiple roles at Angelina. He is well adapt at what it takes to be a starter or coming into a game with everything on the line.”
Josh was named team offensive most valuable player, team captain, all-state, and all-district first team his senior season. He was named all-district second team his sophomore season.
“He has the ability to fill up the zone and get beneath barrels,” said Burroughs. “Josh knows how to pitch and has the stuff and toughness to be a weekend guy or close it out.
He will be ready to compete as Coach Livin (head coach at Angelina) does a great job preparing his men for the next level”
Oller’s brother, Adam, was apart of the early signing period for Northwestern State.
They are the sons of Sharon and Mike Oller. They have one brother, Luke, and one sister, Abbey.
Josh will major in criminal justice and wildlife management.
“I couldn’t be happier about these young men joining our Family,” said Burroughs. “We just keep adding to the top. That’s how you win Championships!”