Following The Dream

Brady Bramlett still has a couple of years of high school baseball to play, but he already knows where he will play after that.

Bramlett, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-handed pitcher from Arlington, Tenn., committed to Ole Miss and will sign with the Rebels next November. He is a junior for Arlington High School, but his mind was made up for college a long time ago.

Bramlett says there's no place for him but Ole Miss.

"It's my dream school," said Bramlett, one of the Mid-South's best young pitchers. "God has blessed me with the opportunity to be able to attend the college I've always wanted to attend. It's an awesome feeling to know I will play at Ole Miss."

Bramlett, whose pitching services are coveted by many colleges, said there is no wavering on his commitment, even though it's nearly 12 months before he signs.

"I'm definitely going to sign with Ole Miss," said the son of Amy and Bobby Bramlett. "After I visited and talked to Coach Bianco and Coach Lafferty and Coach Mossberg, there was no doubt. It's an awesome place. After I left there from my visit, I knew God had placed it on my heart that it was Ole Miss."

It also didn't hurt that Bramlett had visited Ole Miss many times, had family in the area, and his mother is originally from Bruce.

"I've been to a lot of football games there and baseball, too," he said. "(Last spring) I went to the LSU series, the Auburn series, and the Memphis game (in Oxford). The atmosphere and support are amazing. I love it there."

Brady Bramlett

The Ole Miss coaches must have loved what they saw in Bramlett. He throws a 90-92 fastball, an upper 70s-low 80s slider, and a changeup. Even prior to his junior season, his list of honors and accolades is lengthy.

As a freshman he was All-Metro (Memphis), All-District, and All-Region. He was actually selected by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association as a member of its Super Sophomore team, which included some freshmen. He was also named a MaxPreps All-American.

As a sophomore he repeated many of those honors and added to the list. He was nominated as a candidate for Player of the Year in the Shelby County/Metro Memphis area. He was named to the SunBelt Team in Tennessee, which consists of top players in the state. He has been named as an UnderArmour preseason All-American this year.

The reason for his honors? Success. Bramlett's statistics are impressive.

At Arlington High as a freshman, his record was 7-1 and his ERA was 1.11, which was the 11th best ERA for any Tennessee high school pitcher that season. And remember, Bramlett was a freshman.

As a sophomore for the Class 3A school, he had another impressive season, going 9-1 with a 1.18 ERA, pitched a no-hitter, had 15 strikeouts in one game, and had 91 strikeouts on the season.

Bramlett, the first commitment for Ole Miss for the Class of 2012 who will sign in Nov., 2011, turned 17 on Sept. 19 of this year. He has pitched for Dulins Dodgers for the past two summers.

A strong kid with a lot of lower body strength, Bramlett continues to work on all areas of his pitching. He's an honor roll student with great character and has dominated his age group as a pitcher in the Memphis area, and even some older than he is.

And he's excited about not only his two final seasons of high school baseball but also his future at Ole Miss.

"It's my dream school," he repeats. "It's awesome that I'll be able to pitch there."

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