Carl Lafferty may need to get to engraving.
Since taking a visit to Oxford in late February, Stryker Trahan has known he wanted to be a Rebel.
On Monday he made it official, giving his verbal pledge to the Rebel coaches.
“I just got home from practice, sat down with my parents and talked about it for a little while,” he said on Monday. “(My parents) said they were ready for me to finally commit so I called Coach Lafferty first and gave him the good news and later called Coach (Mike) Bianco.
“He was lifting with the guys and he was just as excited as Lafferty.”
Prior to joining Ole Miss’ 2012 commitment list, however, Trahan, a top catching prospect from Acadiana High (Scott, La.), played a little joke on Lafferty.
“Whenever I first called Coach Lafferty, jokingly my mom wanted me to tell him that the only way she would let me commit to Ole Miss was if they would have front row seats to all the games,” Trahan said. “And he said, ‘shoot, I’ll go engrave their names in the front row right now if I have to.’ I said, ‘well that’s good coach because Ole Miss is the place I want to go and I’ll be really happy to be a Rebel.”
While Trahan has known for a while that he wanted to play at Ole Miss, he said it took some convincing of his parents to finalize the decision.
“From the first day I got there I was glued. They didn’t want to go to any other visits or any other schools and knew I wanted to go there. It was just a matter of getting my parents to feel the same way. They were all about me making sure I looked at all my options and had seen every place I needed to see,” Trahan said. “As the days and weeks went by they realized how much I love Ole Miss and after talking to Gavin (Cecchini)’s mom they realized how nice of a place it is because my mom wasn’t able to come on the trip with us. She was kind of nervous.”
Various scouting reports have raved about Trahan’s power at the plate and his ability behind it.
Regardless if the bat is aluminum, wood, BBCOR or Wiffle, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Trahan is a legitimate threat to go deep.
“Trahan has a strong athletic build, good defensive catching skills, good approach at the plate, short to the ball, has pop, good hand strength, simple swing, very good hitting ability, hard game contact, 95 mph off bat,” said Trahan’s Perfect Game review from the 2010 Jr National Showcase in St. Petersburg, Fla. “High level follow to watch very closely.”
According to Perfect Game, which rates Trahan as a 10.0 prospect, he has a 6.60-second 60 time and a 1.81-second pop time, throwing from his catcher position to second base.
In an email, ProspectWire.com director Matt Bomeisl said, “He is a huge get for Ole Miss. He is an offensive weapon in every sense of the word: Power, hustle type, steal bases, physical, etc.”
Trahan selected Ole Miss over Louisiana-Lafayette. He said LSU had recruited him early on, but as the process progressed he decided to eliminate the Tigers.
“My freshman year they recruited me real hard and I went on a couple of visits but after a while I noticed it just wasn’t the place for me,” he said. “I felt out of place over there.”
Looking at the numbers
As a sophomore Trahan hit .434 (with a .491 on-base percentage and a .818 slugging percentage) with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs, while striking out 12 times and walking another eight times. He also stole seven bases.
“I guess I can do either; I can hit it over or lay down a little drag bunt and beat out the throw,” Trahan said of his offensive ability. “That’s the only thing I really feel confident at is at the plate.” (April 14, 2011, Page 7)