The Ole Miss baseball team added a second pitcher to its 2013 signing class recently with a verbal commitment from 6-foot-4, 200-pound left-hander Evan Anderson.
The Dale, Okla., standout said he visited Ole Miss twice during the football season and the combination of the campus and coaching staff made the Rebels tough to match.
“Definitely Coach (Carl) Lafferty was a main reason. Him and the Nebraska coach were the two coolest coaches by far,” Anderson said on Wednesday. “The campus is the prettiest campus I’ve ever been to and The Grove, too. That and the fan base really put them over the top from everybody else.”
Anderson was 9-0 during his high school’s spring season as a sophomore.
The junior throws five pitches, including a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a changeup, a split finger and “a slider/slurve/curve thing.”
“I’m not sure which it is,” Anderson joked. “Some days it falls off the table and some days it just rips sideways.”
Anderson said his velocity topped out at 92 miles-per-hour this past season but he operates at around 88-89.
When Anderson isn’t pitching, he also plays right field for Dale.
According to Anderson, he cut his list of schools down two weeks ago from Nebraska, Tulane, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Rice and TCU. Anderson said he also considered Arkansas and Oklahoma previously.
The southpaw plays summer ball with the Burkburnett Blacksox.
Anderson is currently recovering from a broken foot he suffered while playing basketball for his high school. He hopes to be back at full strength by Feb. 15.
Anderson is Ole Miss’ fifth verbal commitment for the 2013 signing class, joining Dalton Dulin (IF; Memphis), Cheyne Bickel (RHP; North Palm Beach, Fla.), Carlos Williams (OF; Covington, Tenn.) and Colby Bortles (3B; Oviedo, Fla.). (January 19, 2012, Page 7)