Malakhi Knight rounds third base during a game. (Photo courtesy of Malakhi Knight)

Malakhi Knight rounds third base during a game. (Photo courtesy of Malakhi Knight)

Marysville Getchell’s Knight switches commitment to UCLA

The state’s top-ranked baseball player for the class of 2021 originally committed to Oregon State.

The state’s top baseball recruit from the class of 2021 is now UCLA bound.

Malakhi Knight, a two-sport standout at Marysville Getchell High School, announced Tuesday on Twitter that he’ll attend the Los Angeles university after decommitting from Oregon State.

“First off I would like to thank my family, friends, and coaches that I’ve had over the years for pushing me to be the best I can,” Knight wrote on Twitter. “With that being said, I couldn’t be more proud to announce that I have committed to further my education and baseball career at UCLA!!”

Knight told The Daily Herald on Wednesday that he was looking forward to getting the chance to play with a handful of his teammates from his AAU team, Canes Baseball, who are also committed to UCLA.

“We got pretty close,” he said. “Just to be playing with them at the next level, too, is a big part of it.”

He plans to sign with the Bruins in the spring.

Knight’s pledge to UCLA comes after decommitting from Oregon State in early November. Knight gave his verbal to the Beavers just before his sophomore year in the summer of 2018.

“There were just some changes made there,” Knight said of Oregon State. “I didn’t feel like it was the right place for me anymore.”

One of those changes was the recent departure of assistant coach Pat Bailey, who served as the Beavers’ interim head coach in 2019.

Knight said Bailey started recruiting him in eighth grade.

“Me and Coach Bailey, we had a good relationship,” Knight said.

Knight could also potentially be a high pick in the 2021 MLB draft. He’s the No. 16 prospect in nation and top-rated player in Washington state, according to Prep Baseball Report. A 6-foot-3, right-handed hitter, he projects as a potential five-tool player in the outfield with his combination of bat skills and athleticism.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Seattle Sounders sporting director Chris Henderson greets a player after a soccer training session Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Seattle. The Sounders play Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal round on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Opportunity too good for Cascade High grad to pass up

Former soccer standout Chris Henderson looks forward to new position with Inter Miami

Is Mike Hopkins the right coach for the University of Washington men’s baskethall program’s long-term future? (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
POLL: Is Mike Hopkins the right coach for UW hoops?

The Huskies have seen both tremendous highs and discouraging lows during Hopkins’ four-year tenure.

Left, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) and teammates after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs won 38-24 (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). Right, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady celebrates with his teammates after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Sunday. The Buccaneers defeated the Packers 31-26 (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps).
Old (Brady), young (Mahomes), different Super Bowl 55 awaits

Only 22,000 will be let in the stadium, with vaccinated health-care workers getting 7,500 of the tickets.

Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly celebrates scroring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 40-3. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Seahawks position overview: Tight end

Seattle may look from within to bolster tight-end spot in 2021.

Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford sprawls on the dirt and reacts after sliding safely home during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Seattle. Crawford scored on a double hit by Kyle Seager. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Results matter to M’s pitcher Gonzales, shortstop Crawford

The two clubhouse leaders aren’t buying the talk that this will be another building year for Seattle.

Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) carries as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill defends during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seahawks position overview: Running back

Seattle’s top two backs, Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde, are set to become free agents in March.

FILE - Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron smiles during a press conference at Atlanta Stadium, Ga., after the game in which he hit his 715th career home, in this April 8, 1974, file photo. With him is his wife Billye, partially obscured. Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record and gracefully left his mark as one of baseball’s greatest all-around players, died Friday. He was 86. The Atlanta Braves, Aaron's longtime team, said he died peacefully in his sleep. No cause was given. (AP Photo/File)
Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

Aaron endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record.

Seattle Sounders' Jordan Morris, right, tries to advance the ball past Columbus Crew's Aidan Morris during the second half of the MLS Cup championship game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. The Crew won 3-0. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Sounders’ Morris loaned to Swansea City for rest of season

Morris has 41 goals 23 assists in 121 appearances for Seattle since signing with the club in 2016.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) walks on the field before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seahawks position overview: Quarterback

Seattle must find an offensive coordinator who can maximize Russell Wilson’s prime years.

Most Read