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Former Stillwater pitcher Drew Gilbert is going to Tennessee

Updated: July 19, 2019 02:56 PM

Pitcher Drew Gilbert had as storied a high school baseball career as a student could ever ask for: He won a state championship, threw several no-hitters and had committed to play for Oregon State. But then his plans went in another direction. The late round Twins draft pick (he didn't sign) committed to Tennessee this week.

"I was set on going to Oregon State and then the school made a coaching change and that got me to look at my options. For some reason I just didn't feel right going there anymore. I appreciate all they did for me. However, I spoke with my family and they told me if you're having any reservations, go to the place where you're the most comfortable and that happened to be the University of Tennessee," said Gilbert.

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***To see an extended interview with Drew Gilbert, PRESS PLAY ABOVE***

One of the reasons why Gilbert wanted to attend Oregon State was his teammate and best friend Will Frisch is going to attend the school. Instead, Gilbert is heading to Knoxville and Frisch is staying with the original plan and will pitch for Oregon State next season.

"I'll miss not playing with Will (Frisch). He'll always be my best friend. I knew we weren't going to be able to play together forever, so that part is a little bitter sweet, but I know he'll do great things in college next season," Gilbert added.

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