OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss baseball team continued to add to its recruiting class with the signing of outfielder Cameron Dishon and infielder Christian Helsel to National Letters of Intent, head coach Mike Bianco announced on Monday.
The pair of position players joins previously announced signees Brady Bramlett, Gavin Cecchini, Matt Denny, Ty Hensley, Zach Irwin, Chase Nyman, Stryker Trahan and Jacob Waguespack as a part of the signing class that will arrive on campus for the 2012-13 academic year.
Dishon comes to the Rebels from Bridge City High School in Beaumont, Texas, where the outfielder helped lead his school to a 21-12-1 record last season and an appearance in the second round of the state playoffs. Bridge City claimed the program’s 20th District Title last season as Dishon earned All-District honors.
The outfielder was also named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Orange Leader and was a first team All-Gold selection by the Beaumont Enterprise. Dishon was also selected to participate in the 2011 Area Code Games.
He is rated as one of the top 350 players in the nation by PerfectGame.
“Cameron profiles as a top of the lineup hitter that has game changing speed," said Ole Miss assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Carl Lafferty. "He’s a plus defender in the outfield and creates havoc on the base path. He’s an outstanding athlete and we’re looking forward to getting him on campus at Ole Miss.”
Helsel comes to the Rebels from Altoona Area High School in Altoona, Pennsylvania, where he helped lead his squad to the District playoffs in 2011.
Last season at Altoona, Helsel hit .430 with a .643 slugging percentage as he tallied 13 RBI and scored 18 runs. For his high school career, Helsel is hitting at a .420 clip heading into his senior campaign next spring.
Helsel participated in the prestigious Area Code Games and the East Coast Professional Showcase in 2011.
“We’re really excited to have Christian join the Ole Miss family," Lafferty said. "He’s a very versatile player who can play several infield positions. Offensively, he stands out at the plate. He has a good approach and can drive the ball to the gaps and out of the yard.”
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