Falyn Reaugh made it official on by signing to be a high jumper at the University of Oklahoma, formalizing a decision she made earlier in November. That she will be a member of Oklahoma’s track and field team makes sense; she was a top-four high jumper in Texas’ Class 6A at the 2016 UIL state meet, and she’s an explosive athlete to boot. What’s a bit more surprising is to learn that she was previously committed to Clemson, in an entirely different sport.
As noted by the Dallas Morning News, Reaugh was originally a volleyball commit for the Tigers, a pursuit that Clemson began after seeing Reaugh line up as the star of Highland Park’s volleyball team in Dallas.
She spent three years emerging as one of the Scots’ most talented players, and at 6-feet tall, she had the height, athleticism and potential for growth (both physically and on the court) to be a difference maker at a major conference Division I volleyball program.
Clemson thought it was precisely the program to reap those benefits. Instead, Reaugh dropped the sport altogether before her final season, and it will be Oklahoma, just north of Reaugh’s native Dallas, that will see her hope to improve on a career best 5-foot-10 clearance and the 5-foot-6 that earned her a spot just outside the medals in Austin at the state meet.