Paxton Pace Talks Recruiting

Two-time All-State selection Paxton Pace, a dual position player (SS/RHP) who plays for West Lauderdale High School in Collinsville, MS., is receiving interest from five schools. Two are currently at the top of his wish list.

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"I'm receiving interest from (Mississippi) State, Southern (Miss), Ole Miss, Arkansas and Alabama," said Paxton. "State, Arkansas and Southern are probably showing the most interest. They are sending me the most letters. (MSU assistant) Coach (Russ) McNickle has text messaged me pretty often."

Two of the five have made the biggest impression on Paxton.

"I would probably say I'm most interested in State and Southern. They are both pretty high," said Paxton. "I'm also interested in Ole Miss, Arkansas and Alabama."

He mentioned things he likes about all five.

Mississippi State - "I like their atmosphere, the crowds that come out. They also have the nicest baseball facilities that I have ever seen."

Southern Miss - "The same thing with Southern, the atmosphere. (Assistant) Coach (Scott) Berry coached down here at (Meridian Community College). And my friends go down there."

Ole Miss - "Ole Miss is always one of the top teams in the SEC. They have been in a Super Regional two years in a row."

Arkansas - "I don't know much about them other than what they send me."

Alabama - "I know that Alabama is always one of the top teams in the SEC."

One of the five, however, may have a slight advantage over the other four.

"I've always been a State fan, but I like all the Mississippi teams. But if they are playing each other I pull for Mississippi State," said Paxton.

Paxton's visited four of the five schools.

"I have been to Mississippi State twice, once on Junior Day and they invited me to the Egg Bowl," said Paxton. "I've been to Ole Miss and played there. The same thing with Alabama and Southern. I've never been to Arkansas. I think they saw me this past year and the last year in Oklahoma."

And considering he batted .450 with 2 home runs in the week-long tournament in McAllister, Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago it's no wonder Arkansas came away impressed.

Now the big question is who will be impressive enough to Paxton to cause him to commit to their school? Keep it on to find out.

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

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