The wild roller coaster that surrounded the Boston Red Sox late courtship of dual-sport standout Senquez Golson finally came to an end Monday night with the passing of Major League Baseball’s midnight (ET) deadline for drafted players to sign professional contracts.
Golson, who had been practicing with the Gridiron Rebels up until flying to Boston early Monday, turned down at least one offer of $1.3 million according to RebelGrove.com to retain his amateur status.
It was believed all along that Golson’s decision would go down to the wire, so much so that following Monday’s football practice Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt asked reporters if there was any news. (August 16, 2011, Page 8)
Sunday felt like the perfect day to make it official.
After months of being courted by some of the top baseball programs in the country, and one day after pitching a scoreless first inning for the American squad in the Under Armor All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley field, elite pitching recruit Ty Hensley tweeted “It’s official… I’m an Ole Miss Rebel!!! #hottytoddy” prior to flying home from Chicago to Edmond, Okla.
BLOG: Ole Miss freshman cornerback Senquez Golson has made quite the impression on the coaching staff since his arrival in Oxford.
Several times his play has led to Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt saying he doesn’t perform like a first-year player. (more…) (August 13, 2011)
Six key pieces of the future of Ole Miss’ baseball program didn’t just stroll into the athletics department on Thursday like typical freshmen.
Instead, pitchers Hawtin Buchanan, Josh Laxer and Chris Ellis, catcher/first baseman Sikes Orvis, outfielder Auston Bousfield and outfielder/left-handed pitcher Chase Reeves entered the meeting room sounding more like old men, discussing how sore they were from the advanced workout regiment they’d been put through during summer school, nodding in agreement to one another’s assessments.
It’s all part of the process of becoming a Division 1 athlete, and all six have accepted that. (August 1, 2011, Page 8A)
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.
Ole Miss right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl has been selected to the Cape Cod League All-Star team and will represent the Cotuit Kettleers in the Jordan’s Furniture Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star game on Friday at Fenway Park. (more…) (July 27, 2011, Page 6A)
Ty Hensley has been receiving interest from college and professional recruiters ever since he towered over classmates as a 6-foot-3, 200-pound freshman in Edmond, Okla.
BLOG: After losing their entire weekend rotation to the MLB Draft, the Ole Miss baseball program can use all of the arms it can get. (more…) (July 20, 2011)
Barbe (La.) High is becoming quite the pipeline for the Ole Miss baseball team.
In addition to rising junior center fielder Tanner Mathis and 2012 commitment Gavin Cecchini, the most recent standout from Barbe to sign with Ole Miss is Sam Smith, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound right-hander from the Lake Charles-based school. (more…) (July 20, 2011, Page 6A)
When San Jacinto catcher Ryan Hornback was drafted — and eventually signed — by the Pittsburgh Pirates, that opened up a void for the Ole Miss baseball team that Austin Knight was more than happy to fill.