Running an extremely close second to Edward was hard-throwing righthanded pitcher Terrell Young of Grenada High School. Terrell, who throws in the low-90's, signed with Meridian Community College. Terrell, like Edward, is considered one of the top 100 seniors in the nation and is also expected to be a high draft pick.
The player who is projected to be the third best Major League Baseball prospect on the list is lefthanded pitcher James Jackson, a 5-foot-10, 160-pounder who plays for Vicksburg High School. Like Terrell, James signed with Meridian Community College.
Other top players include two pre-season high school All-American selections, MRA's Chad Crosswhite and Amory's Mitch Moreland, both of whom signed with Mississippi State.
Southern Miss, which has four players on the list, signed a player who is relatively unknown but has unlimited ability, Ben Wade of North Forrest High School. Ben is a 6-foot-3, 180-pounder who throws in the high-80's and hits 90+ on occasion.
The other Southern Miss signees include two of the top hitters in the state, Bo Davis of West Lauderdale and Trey Sutton of West Jones, as well as Northwest Rankin righthanded pitcher Jonathan Johnston.
Ole Miss also snared several players off the list, including Northwest Rankin lefthanded pitcher Brett Bukvich, middle-infielder Jo Jo Tann from Jackson Prep and outfielder Logan Power from Hillcrest Christian. Recovering well from off-season surgery, Brett has excellent projectivity and should become a hard-thrower in college. Tann and Power are considered two of the top hitters in the state.
Delta State, like Ole Miss and Mississippi State, signed three off the list, including two excellent hitters, Horn Lake third baseman/catcher Clay Sartain and Seminary catcher/third baseman Derek Norris. They also signed Ridgeland righthanded pitcher Justin Smith, one of the most effective pitchers in the state.
Meridian Community College also signed a few other players other than Young and Jackson. Michael Robbins, a lefthanded pitcher from Southaven High School, throws in the mid-80's. Another lefthanded pitcher who signed with them is Greene County's Taylor Kimble. The last player MCC signed is Matt Welch, a righthanded pitcher from Northwest Rankin. Matt throws in the 86 to 87 miles per hour range.
Other players who made the list include speedy New Hope High School outfielder Brantley Clay who signed with the University of Montevallo, Long Beach High School pitcher/first baseman Pat Ferrell, a Gulf Coast CC signee and Picayune High School outfielder J.P. Moreaux, a Pearl River CC signee.
The complete list is shown below in alphabetical order except for Edward Easley, the Kings of the Diamond Player of the Year.
|NAME||HIGH SCHOOL||POS||B-T||HT||WT||SIGNED WITH|
|EDWARD EASLEY||Olive Branch||C||R-R||6-2||190||MSU|
|Brett Bukvich||Northwest Rankin||LHP/1B||L-L||6-4||220||Ole Miss|
|Brantley Clay||New Hope||OF||L-R||6-0||175||Montevallo|
|Bo Davis||West Lauderdale||SS||R-R||6-1||175||USM|
|Pat Ferrell||Long Beach||LHP/1B||L-L||6-3||225||Gulf Coast|
|Jonathan Johnston||Northwest Rankin||RHP||R-R||6-1||180||USM|
|Taylor Kimble||Greene County||LHP||R-L||6-1||210||Meridian|
|J.P. Moreaux||Picayune||OF||L-L||5-11||185||Pearl River|
|Derek Norris||Seminary||C/3B||R-R||5-11||185||Delta State|
|Logan Power||Hillcrest Christian||OF||R-R||6-0||185||Ole Miss|
|Clay Sartain||Horn Lake||3B/C||R-R||5-10||180||Delta State|
|Justin Smith||Ridgeland||RHP||R-R||6-4||185||Delta State|
|Trey Sutton||West Jones||SS||L-R||6-0||170||USM|
|Jo Jo Tann||Jackson Prep||SS/2B||L-R||5-11||170||Ole Miss|
|Ben Wade||North Forrest||RHP||R-R||6-3||180||USM|
|Matt Welch||Northwest Rankin||RHP||R-R||5-11||180||Meridian|
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