Decision Made

Evan Anderson made a list of ten colleges he was interested in at the request of his dad. Ole Miss was one of those ten. They began to evaluate them, all of them with strong baseball programs.

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The finalists were Ole Miss and Nebraska. The Rebels won out as the 6-foot-4, 200-pound left-handed pitcher from Dale, Okla., committed to Ole Miss this week.

"We sent emails out to those schools, and Coach (Carl) Lafferty sent us an email back," said Anderson, currently a junior at Dale High School who will sign with Ole Miss in November. "That's how we started getting to know each other."

It was the beginning of a good relationship.

"Coach Lafferty was one of the main reasons I chose Ole Miss, just because of the guy he is," Anderson said. "I really like him. The campus was the prettiest that we'd seen. It's a good school, and the Grove helped out, too."

He saw the Grove on a visit to Oxford for the Ole Miss-LSU football weekend last fall. He had been to another football game the season before that.

The Rebel coaches also appear to have recruited Anderson because of his skills as a two-way player. He is also a first baseman and an excellent hitter.

"They basically recruited me as a pitcher and a hitter," Anderson said.

Evan Anderson
Perfect Game
Anderson and his Dale High teammates already have a state baseball championship under their belts this school year. They have another baseball season coming up this spring. Smaller schools in Oklahoma who don't field football teams play a fall baseball schedule. Dale won the Class A fall baseball title at the Oklahoma City AAA ballpark in Bricktown over Byng High School.

Anderson's fall stats were impressive. In 32 games he hit 15 home runs, had 13 doubles, walked 30 times, and had 54 RBI with a .484 batting average and a .602 on-base percentage. On the mound he was 10-0 in 50 innings with 95 strikeouts and 21 walks. His ERA was a stellar 0.66.

Last spring season as a sophomore at Dale, Anderson hit 20 home runs in 37 games with 10 doubles and 66 RBI, walked 19 times with a batting average of .458 and a .548 on-base percentage. His pitching stats were also impressive with a 9-1 record in 45 innings, with 59 strikeouts, 28 walks, and a 2.91 ERA.

Anderson is the second Oklahoman to recently commit to Ole Miss. Ty Hensley, a senior right-handed pitcher at Edmond's Sante Fe High School, actually signed with the Rebels last November.

Anderson said he is familiar with Hensley.

"I don't know him personally. My dad and his dad are pretty good friends," Anderson said. "They talk all the time. If Ty hadn't committed (to Ole Miss), I was going anyway. But it's a positive (that Hensley will also be at Ole Miss)."

Anderson has a solid arsenal full of pitches.

"A four-seam, a two-seam, a changeup, a split finger, and a slider-curveball-cutter thing," he said. "Some days it does one thing and some days it does another. It's kind of all over the place. My fast ball is my best pitch."

Anderson said the time was right for him to commit to the Ole Miss Rebels.

"We've been doing this for quite a while," he said of the recruiting process. "I was ready just to get it over with. It feels like there's a lot less stress and a lot of relief."

Anderson is Ole Miss' fifth verbal commitment for the 2013 signing class, along with infielder Dalton Dulin of Memphis, Tenn.; right-handed pitcher Cheyne Bickel of North Palm Beach, Fla.; outfielder Carlos Williams of Covington, Tenn.; and third baseman Colby Bortles of Oviedo, Fla..

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