The things you learn at the ballpark.
Thursday night, I was sitting in the stands at Mississippi State's Polk-DeMent Stadium watching a game between the Mississippi Heat and the Atlanta A's, two summer teams made up of all-star high school players. A friend of mine approached me and told me that one of the players on the Heat team, Jordan Henry, had committed to Ole Miss.
After the game, I received permission from Coach Gex to interview Jordan.
Jordan, whose brother Justin Henry plays baseball at Ole Miss, told me that he had dreamed of playing at Ole Miss ever since his brother signed with them a couple of years ago.
"We weren't die-hard Ole Miss fans, but when Justin signed with them, I started going to most of the conference games and became a fan," said Jordan, who turned 17 years old on June 13th.
Then, five days after his birthday, he received possibly the best gift anyone could give him.
"I played in a tournament at Ole Miss last weekend (June 15th-18th) and on the last day Coach Bianco called me into his office and offered me a scholarship," said Jordan. "He told me to go home and talk with my parents and think about it."
It didn't take him long to make his decision.
"There wasn't much to think about, but I talked to my parents and then committed Monday afternoon," said Jordan.
What was Bianco's reaction when he called to commit?
"He was excited," said Jordan. "He shared a lot about the scholarship."
Thinking back on the entire week, it's still a surprise to Jordan.
"The offer was a surprise," said Jordan. "We haven't had too much contact with Ole Miss except for going to their camps and receiving some letters."
He received several letters from a couple of other schools, as well.
"I also received letters from (Mississippi) State and a few from Southern Miss, but not too many from out-of-state," said Jordan.
Now that he has committed, what will he do if he receives any recruiting calls on July 1st, the first day college coaches can call a prospect?
"I'll tell them thanks, I appreciate it, but I'm committed," said Jordan.
Does he think he might miss all the hype that comes with being recruited?
"No, because I've heard from coaches that I would enjoy it at first, but that it can get tiring after awhile," said Jordan.
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