Southaven High School LHP Dalton Short

Southaven (MS) High School senior lefthanded pitcher Dalton Short has several schools, including a few from the Southeastern Conference, showing interest in him.

"Mississippi State started talking to me a couple of weeks ago," said Dalton, who plays for the Memphis Tigers summer travel team. "Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Southern Miss, Vanderbilt and Memphis are also recruiting me."

His summer team has traveled to several schools this summer and coaches at a couple of them have made it a point to talk to him.

"We've played at Louisville, Arkansas and Mississippi State this summer," said Dalton, whose team played on the campus of Mississippi State this past weekend in the Bama Bombers Tournament. "And I talked to coaches at Arkansas and Mississippi State.

"The coaches told me that they like the way I throw the ball. They like the velocity on the fastball and how I can locate my curveball, changeup."

He's also received numerous invitations from college coaches to unofficially visit their schools.

"Memphis asked me (this past Friday) to visit and Mississippi State has asked me to (unofficial) visit," said Dalton. "Southern Miss, Central Arkansas and Arkansas have also asked me to visit."

Dalton has several schools that he's interested in.

"I'm interested in any D-I school - Memphis, Mississippi State, Arkansas, LSU, Vanderbilt," said the 5-10, 165-pounder. "Texas would be nice to go to. Those are pretty much my top schools. I like those schools because of their baseball programs."

Although Dalton Short is not a big guy, he's got a big arm.

"My fastball velocity is consistently 88 to 89," said the 17-year-old. "I've topped out at 94 twice last year during high school. This summer my top velocity has been 92."

But he's not just a power pitcher.

"I'm good at throwing the ball inside," said Dalton. "My curveball is my out pitch. It's 12-6 and sometimes I can get a break on it about 10-4, 10-5. I throw it 74-75 (miles per hour)."

We'll have regular updates on Dalton as he continues to make the rounds of the schools that are recruiting him.

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