OXFORD, Miss. – The accolades continued to come in for the Ole Miss baseball program as the 2011 recruiting class was ranked fifth nationally by Baseball America, the publication announced on Thursday with the release of its annual recruiting rankings.
It’s the highest ranking for a recruiting class for Ole Miss Baseball and is the second publication to name the class among the top five in the nation. Collegiate Baseball tabbed the recruiting class third nationally in its annual list of recruiting rankings earlier this fall.
Fans can see the squad in action this weekend with a pair of scrimmages at O-U Stadium/Swayze Field. Friday’s scrimmage is set for a 2:30 p.m. start, while Sunday’s scrimmage will begin at 1 p.m. Ole Miss is currently in the middle of fall practice that will conclude next week with the Red-Blue World Series starting on Wednesday.
“We’re excited about this recruiting class and have had a great fall working with the new guys on campus as well as the returning players,” 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.
The Rebels will open the 2011 season on February 17 with a three-game series at TCU.
Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more
As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more
Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more
Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more
The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams. Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were... read more
With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five... read more
Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert... read more
Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season. Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine... read more
The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss... read more
Although they will not begin competing for the Rebels until the fall, several members of the 2015 signing class have arrived at Ole Miss to begin their college journey this summer. The first of two summer sessions offered at the... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 28-May 4, 2015Baseball - The Rebels started the week defeating the Bulldogs, 11-1 in the annual Governor's Cup. The 10-run win for the Rebels marked the largest margin of victory in the 36-year history... read more
Welcome to Pittsburgh...and welcome to #SteelersNation, @Quez_G! #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/oY8wZc10Kk-- Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015 Congrats Senquez Golson! Drafted 56th overall in the 2015 #NFLDRAFT by the Pittsburgh Steelers. #HottyToddy #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/EPGayDNOu7-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) May 2, 2015 Ole... read more
Six men with ties to Ole Miss were part of the inaugural class of 25 athletes and coaches inducted into the Scott County Hall of Fame this past Saturday at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. It is believed that this... read more
In a tie for 7th place at 7-under, @OleMissFB takes home $30,000 in charity and scholarship. #CFAPBGolf pic.twitter.com/qd0JzilyYR-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 28, 2015 The Ole Miss team of head football coach Hugh Freeze and Sean Tuohy turned in a strong... read more