Highly recruited LHP looking at six schools

Southaven (MS) High School 2013 lefthanded pitcher Vance Tatum is one of the most highly recruited pitchers in the state of Mississippi.

  • Name: Vance Tatum
  • Classification: 2013
  • Position: Left-Hand Pitcher
  • Ht, Wt: 6-foot-4, 180
  • Bats/Throws: Left/Left
  • High School: Southaven (MS) High School
  • Summer Travel Team: Memphis Tigers
  • Schools of Interest: Air Force, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tulane (all have offered)

    Tatum already has six scholarship offers on the table.

    "Ole Miss, Memphis, Southern Miss, Tulane, Mississippi State and Air Force are recruiting me," he said. "I have offers from every school that I just named off."

    The offers starting rolling in a few weeks ago.

    "I started receiving offers about two to three weeks ago," said Tatum. "I pitched in Oklahoma (in the Sunbelt Classic Tournament) and threw a one-hitter against Team Arizona. I gave up one run but it was unearned."

    Tatum gave credit to a teammate for his success against Team Arizona.

    "My catcher was calling the right pitches and I was getting a lot of swing and misses and ground balls," he said. "I got a lot of rollovers to the third baseman with my changeup."

    The recent recruiting activity has generate two different emotions in the youngster.

    "It is very exciting but also very nerve-racking because everything has happened so fast," said the tall lefty. "I give my parents a lot of credit because they are keeping me very level-headed."

    As you would expect, he still has a lot of thinking to do before making a final decision.

    "I haven't quite made a decision yet but there are several schools that my parents and I are looking heavily at," said Tatum.

    Tatum talked about what type pitcher he is.

    "I am left-handed and throw with confidence and throw strikes,"said the youngster. "My three pitches are a fastball, changeup and curve. I live around 86-87 (miles per hour) with my two-seam fastball and top out at 89."

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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