Loaded With Talent

The state of Mississippi is loaded with very talented baseball players for the upcoming year. Although it would be tough to name the best in the state, one player, Wendell Fairley of George County High School (Lucedale, MS), could make a case for that honor.

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"I batted .451 with 6 home runs, 6 triples and 51 RBI in something like 29 games. I made the (Sun Herald) All-South Mississippi baseball team. I also made the All-State team," said Wendell, when asked what his stats and honors were this past season. Also a pitcher, he threw in the 88 to 90 miles per hour range this past year, topping out at 94. "When we played Oak Grove in the playoffs, I hit 90 something like seven times."

And coaches obviously have liked what they have seen from him.

"I'm receiving letters from Ole Miss, I got one from LSU, Auburn, South Carolina, Southern Miss and Mississippi State," said Wendell.

Two of those schools called him July 1st, the first day that college coaches could call seniors-to-be.

"On July 1st, Southern Miss and Mississippi State called me," said Wendell. "That's been it so far."

One even offered a scholarship.

"Southern Miss' coach said he wants to sign me right now," said the 6-1, 190-pounder.

As for favorites, he has five at the top.

"I like Southern Miss, (Mississippi) State, Ole Miss, LSU and South Carolina," said Wendell.

One of those five might have a slight advantage.

"I grew up a fan of State," said Wendell. "I kept up with both football and baseball."

Another factor that could give MSU an edge is that Wendell has a cousin that has committed to play football at State.

"(Gulf Coast CC sophomore-to-be wide receiver) Co-Eric Riley is about to go there. He's my cousin," said Wendell.

But despite the close connections to Mississippi State, Wendell plans on taking all five of his official visits.

"I am going to take all five of my visits," he said. "Southern Miss' coach said he wants me to come there on one of my five visits. I also want to visit Mississippi State."

While Wendell's also a good football player, he appears to have baseball on his mind when it comes to playing sports in college.

"I'm playing baseball. That's it. I'm not going to try and play football (in college)," said Wendell, who is receiving football recruiting letters from LSU, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Florida State.

But as is the case with many highly talented baseball players, getting him to sign on the dotted line is just the first step in a two-step process. The second step is the Major League Baseball Draft. What are Wendell's thoughts about pro baseball?

"I would love to go pro, but it just depends on how much they will offer," said Wendell. "I don't really know what amount I want."

Keep it on Scout.com for the latest recruiting developments on this very talented young baseball player.

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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