Louisiana Lefty Looking At Several

Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, LA) lefthanded pitcher Jeff Harvill is being recruited by several schools.

"I'm mostly being recruited by schools around my hometown, the Arkansas and Mississippi area along with LSU and other local schools," said Jeff Harvill, who is being recruited primarily as a pitcher. "I've received (July 1st) calls from LSU, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Tulane, Villanova, Troy, West Point, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, Baylor, the University of Louisiana Lafayette and a bunch of smaller schools."

One local college has shown a lot of interest in him and wants him to come in for a visit.

"The University of Louisiana Lafayette has shown big interest in me and they aren't that far from my house," said the 6-1, 180-pounder. "They want me to come in for a visit. My pitching coach actually went there and has told me a lot of good things about them."

No school is leading the pack in Jeff's recruitment.

"As of right now, I am as wide-opened as you can be," said Jeff, who is currently playing for the Southeast Texas Sun Devils travel team at the WWBA 17U National Championship tournament in Marietta, Georgia. "It's really which college fits me best and the one that I can come in and make an impact as a freshman and try to go to Omaha and help win a national championship.

"My dream as a little kid was to go to Omaha and win it and be at the bottom of that dog pile."

Jeff talked about his strengths as a pitcher.

"Obviously being lefthanded helps out a lot," said Jeff. "I mostly rely on my off-speed and getting my fastball over. I try to get out of an inning as quickly as I can. I don't try to strike out everybody but try to get ground balls and let my defense work."

He does that with several off-speed pitches and a high-80s fastball.

"I have both type fastballs and multiple off-speed pitches," said Jeff. "My fastball velocity is 88 to 90 and I've touched 91 a couple of times. I also have a curveball, a slider, and a changeup."

He also has that competitive spirit college coaches look for.

"Pressure as a pitcher is what you want," said the youngster. "I was a closer all year and when we were won the state championship I was in some tight situations. That's what you want as a pitcher."

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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