One Of Alabama's Best

Pelham High School righthanded pitcher Trevor Fitts, one of just seven pitchers that the website Alabama Top Prospects has rated five-star prospects in the Alabama class of 2011, has three Southeastern Conference showing strong interest in him.

"Mississippi State, Alabama and Auburn are all are showing good interest," said Trevor, who was 5-2, with a 2.37 earned run average last season. "I'm also interested in Jacksonville State because (head) coach (Jim) Case is such a great pitching coach. He coached my high school coach."

Over the course of the past three weekends, he's unofficially visited all three of the SEC schools. And each one has positives that impressed him.

"I visited Alabama two weekends ago," said the 6-2, 190-pounder. "(Head) coach (Mitch) Gaspard is a great coach. I think he has a great hire in (assistant) coach (Kyle) Bunn. And I feel like they are going to be pretty good this upcoming year."

"I visited Auburn last weekend. Auburn is definitely a great up and coming school. They have two great pitching coaches in (head) coach (John) Pawlowski and (assistant) coach (Scott) Foxhall. And I can definitely tell that they are moving in the right direction."

"I visited Mississippi this past weekend. (Head) coach (John) Cohen is a great coach and a great guy. And (assistant) Coach (Butch) Thompson has definitely got all the pitchers going in the right direction. He has the right workout and everything."

Although it's still early in the recruiting process, Trevor appears to be just a few months away from making a college decision.

"I've thought about it and I'm pretty sure I'm going to commit by the end of this year," said the youngster. "I just feel like if I can lock down a school I can then focus on playing baseball. And I feel like the schools that are showing interest in me I can go to any of the three and feel at home."

While he won't be 17-years-old for another couple of months, Trevor already has exceptional velocity on the three pitches he throws.

"I throw a fastball, curveball and a changeup. I've been clocked at 92 (miles per hour) with my fastball and I probably consistently throw around 88 to 90," said Trevor. "My curveball and changeup are around 75 to 76."

However, it's not just his physcial skills that the coaches like.

"The coaches like my energy because it's easy for people to stay in the game with me on the mound," said Trevor. "I'm a high energy guy who runs on and off the field."

Look for additional updates on Trevor Fitts every few weeks.

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

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