Davis Horton: One of the Best in Mississippi

Oxford High School's Davis Horton is one of the top junior baseball players in the state of Mississippi.

Davis Horton Profile

Davis became a starter early in his baseball career.

"My first time to start was in the 9th grade," said Davis. "I pitched in the second game of the year against Biloxi. Throughout the year, I DH'ed some and pitched. Then, this past year, as a sophomore, I started every game at DH and played a few at first. I also made some appearances on the mound."

How well did he do this past year? How about good enough to be a Clarion-Ledger 2nd Team All-State choice, a member of the Oxford Eagle All-Area team and a Tupelo Daily Journal Honorable Mention All-State selection.

And colleges have certainly taken notice of his accomplishments.

"I have gotten a couple of things from Memphis and the University of Oregon," said Davis. "I've also been in a little contact with LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. I've gone to their camps and talked to them and received some questionnaires from them. I've also received numerous camp invitations and went to LSU's camp last year. I've also been to Mississippi State's camp."

Davis already has strong connections to two of those colleges due to location and relatives.

"Obviously, growing up in Oxford, I pretty much know the entire coaching staff at Ole Miss," said the 6-4, 210-pounder. "I also have a friend that recently signed there. And I know some of their players due to being around their ballpark. Also, my sister attended Ole Miss two years ago and was friends with a lot of players. As far as Mississippi State goes, both of my parents graduated from State. My mom and dad went to undergrad at State, then my dad went to graduate school at Ole Miss."

Does he like one over the other?

"I really don't know who I like," said Davis. "Growing up in Oxford, I was taught to hate State and love Ole Miss. But, as I got older, and being a baseball player, I loved the tradition that Coach Polk and his staff have got going. But you can't look away from what Coach Bianco and his staff are doing at Ole Miss. And they are in my own backyard."

Who would he say are his favorite schools?

"I, obviously, like Ole Miss and Mississippi State," said Davis, a 3.5 gpa student who was selected to both the National Honor Society and the National Latin Honor Society. "SEC-wise, I think I would be interested in Alabama, maybe Tennessee. Two other programs that interest me are Georgia Tech and Tulane."

By the way, Davis was a member of Team Mississippi, a collection of 20 of the best high school players in Mississippi who played in the 2005 Sunbelt Classic in McAlester, Oklahoma a few weeks ago. During the tournament's Sunday Showcase, each hitter had the chance to take 20 swings. Davis took full advantage of his opportunity by knocking four balls out of the park. Two Major League Baseball scouts were so impressed that they talked to him after his performance.

Keep it right here for the latest update on this rising Mississippi star.

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

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