Mississippi's Best Receiving Attention

Mississippi's best high school baseball players in the Class of 2009 are receving a lot of attention during the first week that college coaches can call members of the class.

Three players from the Class of 2009 have already make their commitments known - South Panola High School's David Renfro to Ole Miss and South Panola High School's Ethan Bright and Tupelo High School's Chris Stratton to Mississippi State.

And other players in the class are also receiving interest from colleges.

"Chase has received (recruiting) calls this week from UAB, Alabama, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Meridian Community College, Delta State and Samford," said Mike Wroten, the dad of Hillcrest Christian pitcher Chase Wroten.

Chase, who has recently topped out at 90 miles per hour, consistently throws in the 87-89 range.

Another highly-touted player is Pillow Academy's Daniel Allen.

According to Pillow Academy head coach Bark Jenkins, "Daniel is going to throw his fastball in the 86 to 91 miles per hour range. In Atlanta this week he threw 86 to 88, topping out at 88. He is a four-pitch guy who has a good fastball, a very, very good changeup, a good cureball and a slider for an out pitch. He's got good command of all four pitches."

According to Daniel's dad, Rick, Daniel, "has received calls from Ole Miss and Mississippi State and LSU is recruiting him pretty hard, too."

And those three are at the top of Daniel's list.

"The three that called me are the ones I like the most," said Daniel, who received the calls Tuesday (Ole Miss), Wednesday (MSU) and Thursday (LSU).

South Pontotoc High School catcher David Bowen is also receiving attention from SEC schools.

"I received calls from Mississippi State and Ole Miss Tuesday," said David, who according to a Major League Baseball scout throws the ball to second base in 1.85 seconds, one of the fastest times in the State. "I've also received letters from Clemson, Alabama, Memphis, Southern Miss, Georgia Tech and Rice."

Although he hasn't received as much attention as the others, Picayune High School catcher Jared Bales said he is, "receiving letters from Southern Miss and Mississippi State. And UNO and Southeastern Louisiana have asked my coach about me."

According to Jared, his strengths are, "my arm and I hit for a good average and I'm a clutch player."

Stone County High School infielder Ross Weathers, according to his dad Wendell, "has received letters from Mississippi State's previous coaching staff and I've also heard that Southern Miss has shown some interest in him."

According to Wendell, his son, "has a strong body and is quick to the ball. He hit .430 with 7 home runs this past spring."

Weathers also said that St. Stanislaus' James Abraham, "received three calls this week from Nichols State, Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Miss."

Pascagoula High School catcher Nick Purty received a call from Southern Miss.

Other top players to watch are Brookhaven Academy catcher Kolby Byrd, who already has a catcher's body to go along with his great arm; and Sumral High School infielder Chase Luellyn, who is projected to play third base on the next level; Josh Hodges a 6-6 pitcher from New Albany; Purvis Mann, a 6-3, 180-pound lefthanded pitcher from Carthage High School; Neshoba Central HS pitcher/outfielder Donnie Tabb, and Billy Hamilton, an infielder/outfielder who plays for Taylorsville High School.

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

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