The Ole Miss Diamond Rebels went to a somewhat unlikely place to snag its eighth verbal commitment for the 2012 signing class.
On Friday, Dutchtown (Baton Rouge, La.) High right-hander Jacob Waguespack called recruiting coordinator Carl Lafferty to formally commit to the Rebels.
“I’m at the East Coast Pro Showcase right now and I wanted to (commit) before that, so I went ahead and did it Friday,” he said Sunday.
Waguespack summed up his decision to play college ball in a different Southeastern Conference school’s city just like any other rising senior in high school.
“I wanted to get away from home, get out of state, explore new things, stuff like that,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it was difficult. LSU did offer me and I kind of felt like I needed to go somewhere else and be different and explore new options.
“I wouldn’t say it was anything like facilities or anything like that, but the campus is real nice, the school is small and there’s less people than at a bigger university. The town is nice and I just felt like I fit in there.”
According to the 6-foot-4, 200-pound hurler, Ole Miss watched him pitch during the spring and officially offered him about three weeks ago.
Waguespack described himself as an aggressive pitcher that fills the zone.
“I recently threw this Wednesday and I was low 90s. I’m a strike thrower,” he said. “I have pretty good offspeed (pitches) with a changeup and slider. I’m a tall guy, so lots of good, down-ward angle on the fastball and that’s a key to getting hitters out.”
Waguespack was named to the Metro Area All-District team by Nola.com following his junior season.
Premier right-handed prospect Ty Hensley (Edmond, Okla.) has decided to push back his official commitment until Aug. 14.
Hensley had originally planned to make his decision public on Saturday, his 18th birthday, but after talking to his family he decided to wait until the day after the Under Armor All-American Game in Chicago.
Hensley, a member of the 2012 signing class, is deciding between Ole Miss, Texas and Arizona State. (August 1, 2011, Page 8A)