Mississippi HS catcher looking at three

Northwest Rankin (MS) High School 2013 catcher Kreg Garner has interest in the three in-state schools.

  • Name: Kreg Garner
  • Classification: 2013
  • Position: Catcher
  • Ht, Wt: 6-foot, 170
  • Bats/Throws: Right/Right
  • High School: Northwest Rankin (MS) High School
  • Summer Travel Team: Jackson 96ers
  • Schools of Interest: Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss

    "Southern Miss, Ole Miss and (Mississippi) State and a few junior colleges are recruiting me," said Garner. "I receive emails from them where they are talking about their schools and some personal emails."

    He has interest in all three schools, although none of the three leads at the moment.

    "I'm neutral about all the schools," said Garner.

    Garner did talk about what he likes about each school.

    "I love that Southern has former catchers as coaches. Their program is great, just as the others are, too. Ole Miss' facilities are wonderful and their coaches are extremely nice. (Mississippi) State, their facilities are some of the best and the atmosphere is like no other."

    He visited all three of the schools this past spring.

    "I've been to a Junior Day at State," he said. "They also had a Junior Day at Southern. And I visited Ole Miss and watched a game there."

    Garner described his style of play both defensively and offensively.

    "Defensively, my receiving and blocking are my strengths, then my arm," he said. "On a normal day (my pop time) is 1.90 to 2 (seconds).

    "Offensively, I'm a gap-to-gap, double type hitter with a little power now and then. But mostly I try to hit for an average and get on base."

    Garner and his Jackson 96ers teammates played in Memphis, Tennessee the past two weeks in the Keith Hagan Memorial All-American Tournament (wood bat) in front of numerous college coaches.

    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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