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High schools: Stillwater's Jon Littell always had dreams of playing big-time baseball

Between rolling around in the dirt on T-ball fields to slugging balls for Stillwater High School, Littell developed into a professional prospect.
by Jacob Unruh Published: May 1, 2014

Jon Littell smiled while recalling his first baseball memory.

At 3 years old, he was the only T-ball player in baseball pants on the field, but he made the most of his time in the dirt.

“I didn’t know what I was doing, but I was getting after it,” he said. “I was a little dirtbag out there.”

Now a senior at Stillwater High School, Littell has a pretty good idea what he’s doing. He’s one of the state’s top players — a hard-hitting outfielder at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds who will play next year, either professionally or at Oklahoma State.

He said he will weigh his options following the season, but either destination is a step toward his dream.

“At an early age, I knew I wanted to be a big leaguer,” said Littell, the son of Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Jim Littell. “I’ve worked my whole life to do that, and I don’t think there’s been any time through my whole career I’ve said I won’t be able to achieve that. I’ve thought since Day 1 I’m going to be a big leaguer, and I still think that.

“I want to play at the highest level, and I feel like I’ve put myself in a good enough position to get that opportunity.”

There was never any doubt about Littell’s competitiveness.

He showed it from that first time on the dirt fields in Liberal, Kan., and continued showing it each time he played with an older group alongside his older brother Jerame.

“He’s had a ball and a bat in his hand, a football or a basketball, ever since he was big enough to walk,” Jim Littell said. “It’s just been fun to see him evolve into a good athlete and a good player.”

Jerame Littell and Jon consider each other their best friend.

It was Jon’s freshman year that Jerame encouraged him to develop on the field, and it worked. Jon became a significant part of the Pioneers that season and his recruiting started taking off following that season.

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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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