The Ole Miss baseball program welcomed the highest ranked recruiting class in the program’s history to campus this fall with the most recent influx of talent ranked third nationally by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced on Tuesday.
The Rebels signed 16 players this past off-season with 12 freshmen and four junior college transfers arriving on campus. Included in that group were nine players drafted this past June in the Major League Baseball draft.
“We’re excited to have these guys on campus and on our field,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We’re proud of the work that our recruiting coordinator Carl Lafferty has done over the last year or so putting this class together. We’re proud of what he’s done and excited to have these guys as a part of our program.”
“I’m really excited to have these guys on campus,” Lafferty said. “Having watched them perform over the last year or two, there is no doubt in my mind these young men will make an impact for our program both on the mound and in the field.”
The nine drafted players on campus as a part of the incoming class for the 2012 season include:
Hawtin Buchanan – Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 19th round; 2011 Dandy Dozen pick by the Clarion Ledger and two-time All-State selection by the Clarion Ledger.
Dylan Chavez – Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 32nd round; JUCO transfer from American River College where he lettered one year in 2011.
Chris Ellis – Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 50th round; Named Hoover Metro Pitcher of the Year at Spain Park High School.
Senquez Golson – Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round; 2011 Dandy Dozen pick by the Clarion Ledger.
Will Jamison – Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 40th round; All-State selection in Tennessee, Region MVP and Mr. Baseball Finalist in 2011.
Austin Knight – Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 43rd round; All-State selection by the Clarion Ledger, two-time Class 3A All-State selection and a 2011 Louisville Slugger All-American.
Josh Laxer – Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 20th round; 2011 Dandy Dozen selection, All-State selection and Co-Player of the Year selection.
Sikes Orvis – Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 19th round; Four-time All-Conference selection and 2011 All-Central Florida selection.
Jake Overbey – Drafted in the 10th round by the Philadelphia Phillies; 2011 All-State selection in Tennessee and MVP of the West Tennessee All-Star Game.
Ole Miss is in the middle of fall practice currently with the new players integrating with the returning players from last year’s team in preparation for the 2012 season. The Rebels will open the 2011 season on February 17 with a three-game series at TCU. (September 21, 2011, Page 7)