Class of 2010 Catcher Receiving Attention

Hoover (AL) High School senior-to-be catcher/third baseman Tyler Mims, who plays summer travel ball with the Excel Blue Wave team located in Oxford, Alabama, is receiving attention from several schools in the three-state area of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

"I've talked to Mississippi State, UAB and Alabama through emails," said Tyler, who is also receiving interest from Georgia according to Excel Blue Wave coach Steve Gendron. "They've all asked me to keep them updated on any games that I play in the summer and fall."

Tyler has one criteria that is very important to him when it comes to what college he will eventually sign with and attend.

"I want to make sure I like the coaches a lot and that they seem like good people, which all the coaches I have talked to seem like they are really good people," said the 5-11, 197-pounder.

Growing up in Alabama you would think the in-state schools might have the edge. Not so, says Tyler.

"I haven't really grown up a fan of any school," said Tyler, who has lived in Alabama all his life. "My dad did go to the University of Georgia and he's from there but I like all schools."

As of now, no school leads the rest.

"I like all the schools that like me," said Tyler.

Tyler explained why he thinks college coaches are interested in him.

"The college coaches say they like the way I play the game, the way I hustle, and the way I receive behind the plate," said Tyler, who played on Mississippi State's Dudy Noble Field this past Friday with his Excel Blue Wave team.

He also takes pride in his hitting in addition to his style of play.

"As a hitter, I really don't strike out a lot and I feel good about hitting the ball to the opposite direction," said Tyler Mims. "As far as my catching, I hustle a lot, I just try to be as quick as I can with everything that I do, and I try to make my pitcher look good."

According to Excel Blue Wave pitching coach Josh Beshears, "Tyler is very athletic and has a strong arm having been timed at 1.9 seconds to second base by us. Right now, we aren't really sure where he will play on the next level. He's just a very athletic, strong kid. He played linebacker in football, although he's given up that sport and will concentrate on baseball."

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