Adkins Prepares to Begin Again

It has been a whirlwind of a week for former Nettleton High slugger Luke Adkins. After a meeting with Southern Miss head baseball coach Corky Palmer, Adkins made the decision to seek out other opportunities for the remaining years of his college baseball career.

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"As of right now I have not made a final decision," said the 2006 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. "I am looking at Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Delta State."

The provisions of Luke's release from Southern Miss require him to have to sit out if he elects to transfer to certain schools. Adkins reports the mandatory redshirt year will not be a big factor in his decision.

"I knew going in that one of the possibilities was that I may have to sit out a year," said Luke. "I have already prepared for it. If I end up going to one of these schools where I have to sit out a year, I am fine with that."

Since the original story broke that the talented outfielder had decided to transfer, several rumors have made the rounds. At this point those rumors appear to be a bit premature.

"I have not made a clear commitment to anyone right now," said Adkins. "I will probably make my decision in the next four or five days."

One of the schools that remains as an option for Luke, Mississippi State, is a program that Adkins has ties to.

"I grew up a (Mississippi) State fan and my best friend was Jeffrey Rea," said Luke. "We played in high school together."

Luke hit 11 career homeruns for the Golden Eagles over the past two seasons. As a freshmen Luke tallied eight round trippers in 53 starts. In 2007, Adkins platooned and as a result started just 34 games, but he did see action in 55 contests.

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