OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss baseball team continued to build its signing class during the November signing period with the addition of Chris Ellis, Will Jamison, Jake Overbey and Tyler Roach, head coach Mike Bianco announced on Wednesday.
The four athletes join previously announced signees Hawtin Buchanan, Dylan Chavez, Ryan Hornback, Josh Laxer, Michael Reed and Chase Reeves. The members of the 2010-11 signing class will join the Rebels for the 2011-12 academic year.
“We’re very excited to add these four young men to our program,” said Ole Miss assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Carl Lafferty. “All of them are super talented individuals we look forward to getting on campus next fall. These guys all fill needs we’ll have next year and looking forward to the future as Ole Miss baseball continues to play for championships and Omaha and the College World Series.”
Chris Ellis, a 6-5 right-handed pitcher from Hoover, Ala., comes to the Rebels from Spain Park High School. Last season, Ellis posted a 7-4 record on the mound with a 2.59 ERA in 67.2 innings of work, helping lead Spain Park to the state playoffs.
After helping Spain Park to the successful season, Ellis was named a first team All-Metro selection by the Birmingham News and was named the Birmingham News Hoover-South Pitcher of the Year. Ellis was also tabbed as the Birmingham Area “Over The Mountain” Player of the Year.
The right-handed hurler also claimed All-America honors from Perfect Game.
Will Jamison comes to Ole Miss from Evangelical Christian School in Cordova, Tenn., where he was one of the top hitters on the Eagles’ team last spring. Jamison hit .375 with two home runs and 28 RBI through 28 games. He also stole 10 bases and posted a .614 slugging percentage as he belted out nine doubles and three triples to go with his two home runs.
A 6-1 outfielder and pitcher, Jamison turned in 34.0 innings of work for the Eagles a year ago, pitching a pair of complete games and a shutout as he struck out 53 batters on the year.
Jamison has played summer ball with Dulin’s Dodgers of Memphis with fellow signee Jake Overbey.
Overbey comes to Ole Miss from the University School of Jackson in Jackson, Tenn., joining his brother Preston who is currently a freshman on the baseball team and continuing a long tradition of siblings competing together on the diamond with the Rebels.
The 6-2 shortstop hit .378 last season for the University School of Jackson and tallied 31 RBI. He also hit five home runs, four doubles and a triple while scoring 56 runs on the season. Over the course of the last three years, Overbey has helped USJ compile an 88-29 record, advancing to the state tournament twice.
Tyler Roach joins the Rebels from Northwest Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals, Ala. The 6-3 first baseman helped pace the offense at Northwest Shoals last season, hitting .384 with six home runs and 42 RBI while drawing 23 walks.
Roach was named to the All-Northern Alabama Regional team last year and claimed a spot on the All-Tournament team after helping lead Northwest Shoals to the state playoffs with a 32-18 record.
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