Just one week after receiving a scholarship offer from Oklahoma State and verbally committing, Lakota Beatty thought her senior season at Anadarko could be over before it had begun.
Beatty suffered a knee injury at an Oral Roberts team summer camp that was originally thought to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament. A few days later, though, she was relieved when an MRI revealed a deep bone bruise that would require only rest.
The Cowgirls' staff stuck with their offer and Beatty signed her letter of intent Wednesday morning.
“I feel very fortunate and I'm very thankful the coaches at OSU gave me that opportunity because I don't know what I would have fallen back on if I didn't commit,” said Beatty, who last season led Anadarko to the Class 4A state championship and was a member of The Oklahoman Super 5.
Beatty, who went on an official visit last weekend in Stillwater, also had offers from Tulsa and ORU. She is one of six commitments in OSU's 2013 class.
She also said associate head coach Candace Whitaker had a huge part in her recruitment.
“I think this is where I'm supposed to go just because it was weird how they offered me and they gave me a week to commit, and I committed anyway,” Beatty said. “It was definitely my top pick and then seven days later I got hurt.”
Known as a gym rat, Beatty struggled to rest her injured knee over the summer, forcing her parents to put her on lockdown.
“They would barely let me go out of the house,” she said. “They were just so scared that I was going to just go shoot. They didn't want me re-hurting it; they wanted me to rest. Probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do was rest and not go to the gym.”
She admits she started shooting earlier than doctors intended, but she is completely healthy now.
Beatty also continues to count her blessings after a long and worrisome summer.
“Going into my senior year that's always been my biggest fear is tearing my ACL or hurting my knee,” she said. “But I can't take anything for granted, you know. You never know when you're going to get hurt or what's going to happen.”