Big Arm Pitcher

Chase Wroten, who plays for Hillcrest Christian School in Jackson, MS, is not the biggest pitcher around, but when he rocks his arm back and throws to home plate, hitters see nothing but a blazing fastball headed their way. And not only the hitters have taken notice, but several college coaches have as well.

July 1st was the first day that college coaches could call the class of 2009 baseball players. And Chase received his fair share of calls.

"Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, UAB, Samford and the University of Alabama called me," said Chase, who is playing in the World Wood Bat 17U National Championship in Marietta, Georgia this week.

Although no school has pulled the trigger with an offer, it looks like that it's only a matter of time before several come through with one.

"Nobody has offered so far, but Ole Miss and Mississippi State want me to come in for unofficial visits sometime after this week," said Chase. "And Southern Miss has already told me that they want me to come in for an official visit in the fall as well as an unofficial visit sometime soon."

Those three schools are at the top of his recruiting list with two rated slightly higher than the other one.

"My favorites are the three Mississippi schools, but my two favorites are Mississippi State and Ole Miss," said Chase, a senior-to-be who won't be 17-years-old for another month.

While staying instate is his preference, he's not completely locked into that if other opportunities present themselves.

"I would rather stay in-state, but I'm willing to go out of state," said Chase. "My favorite out of state schools would probably be LSU and Alabama."

As for why so many big-time schools have literally come a-calling, Chase can easily explain.

"My fastball has pretty good velocity. I topped out at 93 a couple of weeks ago, and I consistently throw it 87 to 89," he said. "During the school year, I was topping out at 91, then two weeks ago, at the State Games (in Meridian, MS), I hit 93. That was right about July 1st and all the schools were at the State Games."

And they liked what they saw to the tune of six calls the first two days college coaches could make their first recruiting calls to Chase.

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Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the sports network. You can contact him by email at

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