Headed to East Coast Professional Showcase

One of the top high school players in the nation, Hoover (AL) High School's Ross Wilson (5-11, 185), was selected to the very prestigious East Coast Professional Showcase for the second year in a row.

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It's not often a player makes a showcase as prestigious as the East Coast Professional Showcase twice. But then again, Ross Wilson's not your everyday baseball player. The number of recruiting phone calls he received since July 1st from college baseball coaches pretty much proves that.

"I've received (July) calls from Alabama, Auburn, Samford, UAB, Florida, Tulane, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU and Vanderbilt," said Ross.

Several of those schools have even gone so far as to offer scholarships.

"Alabama, Auburn, Samford and Mississippi State have offered," said Ross.

He's visited three of those four schools and has come away very impressed.

"I really like Auburn's coaching staff a lot. (Assistant coach) Butch Thompson and (head) Coach (Tom) Slater are guys that have been recruiting me. They've been very honest with me.

"Alabama, I like (assistant) Coach (Joe) Raccuia and (head) Coach (Jim) Wells. Coach Raccuia seems to have made a big improvement on the team from last year to this year, especially hitting-wise. I went to a couple of their games and liked the atmosphere.

"Mississippi State, it was kind of a unique situation. I called them on a Friday night. On Saturday, they had their strength coach, their trainer, their assistant AD (there). I got a tour of the dorms. They tried to do everything first class. I was very impressed by the way I was treated when I went to Mississippi State."

He hopes to visit another school or two soon. And at least one is going to visit him. There's a strong possibility more offers might be forthcoming when he takes his visits.

"UAB is coming to my house, I guess to offer," said the 5-11, 185-pounder. "I'm supposed to go to Ole Miss to get an offer. And I'm supposed to go to Florida to get an offer. I've also been in touch with LSU and Vandy and they seem very interested."

Does any one school have an advantage over the others?

"The ones that have already offered are highest on my list," he noted. "I'm going to make a decision in a few weeks and go from there."

He explained why he anticipates making an early decision.

"I kind of want to get it over with before football season starts," said Ross, Hoover's starting quarterback. "With me playing football, I can't really come up with a better time."

What criteria will he use to make his decision? And will the fact that his older brother plays football at Alabama factor into his decision?

"My brother and I are very close, but I don't want to base my decision on where he went to school," he said. "It will come down to where I feel the most comfortable. And I want to play early. I want to have the opportunity to compete early. Those are the two biggest things that I am looking for."

Since Ross also plays football, is there a chance that he will choose football over baseball when it comes times to sign on the dotted line?

"Right now, I've been getting extremely higher attention from baseball than football, so, that's what I will probably do right now," explained Ross.

Keep it on Scout.com to find out who Ross commits to.

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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