Early Decision

Cheyne Bickel is a sophomore at William T. Dwyer High School in Jupiter, Fla., but he already knows where he's heading for college.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound right-handed pitcher/first baseman committed to Ole Miss to sign two years from now and enroll for the fall of 2013. His first season on the field for the Rebels will be the spring of 2014.

Bickel becomes the second commitment for the Rebels for the class of 2013, joining Dalton Dulin of Memphis, an infielder.

"I got letters from a lot of other schools," said Bickel, who plays for Dulins Dodgers out of Memphis in the summer. "I went to the Ole Miss-Auburn football game. I've already ordered my Ole Miss baseball jacket. I'm ready to be a Rebel."

During his time at Dulins, Bickel was able to visit the Ole Miss campus and play with the Dulins summer team, which sometimes plays tournaments in the stadium in Oxford.

Cheyne Bickel

"I fell in love with the campus," Bickel said. "I like everything about it. It's a great place to play baseball."

Bickel and his family were intent on him becoming the best player he could be. They were able to link up with the Dulins organization when a team from Memphis was playing in Ft. Myers, Fla. Bickel, now 16, was playing in the 13-14 age group back then.

"My dad and Tim Dulin had talked," Bickel said. "I pitched with them in some tournaments, like East Cobb (Georgia). I played with them for about a year and a half."

Bickel is already a terrific pitcher with some impressive stats at young age. He throws a four-seam fast ball 89-91 and a two-seam fast ball 88-91. Those top out at 92 - so far. He has a 12-6 curve he throws 72-73. He has a slider and a changeup . He's known as pitcher with a lot of "it" factor and a high level of pitchablility, as it's called.

Bickel really likes being a pitcher.

"I was probably 11 years old when I started," he said. "I loved it. I love the whole idea of being in control of the game."

This is his first season to attend Dwyer High. Last spring at Benjamin High School, Bickel was the Most Valuable Player for his school's district – as a freshman.

He also has some lofty goals between now and his arrival at Ole Miss.

"By my senior year, I want to be able to throw it 98 miles per hour," Bickel said, confidently. "That's my goal."

He already appears to be wowing scouts and observers alike. This fall in a game with Dulins vs. the Orlando Scorpions, a team filled with D-I prospects, Bickel struck out 12 in six and third innings.

He's a top 20 prospect in the entire country by many services already and obviously one of Florida's best. And still, remember, that's with three seasons of high school baseball remaining.

After that, there's obviously a good chance the draft will have to be considered. Baseball people already know who Cheyne Bickel is. But he no longer is thinking about where to attend college.

"I'm very happy I made my decision," Bickel said. "I like the coaches – Coach Bianco, Coach Lafferty, and Coach Mossberg. I'm very excited to be a Rebel."


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