Decision Made

Taylor Wallace attended the pitchers/catchers camp at Ole Miss earlier this month. Then he came back for another look last weekend. After that, he committed to the Rebels.

The right-handed pitcher becomes the second commitment for the 2012 class, joining 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-handed pitcher Brady Bramlett of Arlington, Tenn.

"I just feel like they have the best baseball program in the country," said the junior at Catholic High School in Little Rock, Ark. "The coaches are awesome. I took a tour on Sunday, and I just felt like it was the place for me to go."

Wallace, who will sign in November with the Rebels and arrive at Ole Miss for the fall of 2012, was ahead of much of the anticipated major recruitment that would come his way. He had heard from several colleges, including some Southeastern Conference schools, but he felt no need to wait.

"I was impressed with everything. It was really nice," he said of Ole Miss. "I was pretty open (to other schools and their recruitment), but Ole Miss has been one of my top choices the whole time."

Wallace pitched last summer for Midland, Ohio

Wallace, who will turn 17 on March 9, said his commitment with the Rebs is solid.

"Definitely," the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder said.

Wallace, who pitched last summer for a team in Midland, Ohio, throws a four-seam fast ball, a slider, a curve ball, and a changeup.

"I want to work on my curve ball a lot more," he said. "It's not as good as my other pitches. I usually throw my fast ball, and my out pitch is my slider. I use that a lot, too."

Wallace said he throws his fast ball "in the high 80s" currently. His slider is around 80, and mid to high 70s on his changeup. He threw a no-hitter in a game in summer baseball going into his sophomore year of high school.

Said a report on scouting service Perfect Game USA about Wallace, "Athletic young build, projects very well, loose actions. Simple on line delivery, repeats extremely well for age, loose easy arm, high 3/4's release with good downhill angle...fastball was 88 mph last summer, paints corners with fastball. Excellent change up, very good arm speed and release point, consistent quality. Flashed good CB spin/bite, shorter SL type break but gets over it. Plus/Plus command potential, pitches under control and with purpose."

Wallace, whose high school team is loaded with junior pitchers of which he is the ace of the staff, said it is nice to be able to focus on the future without worrying about where he will attend college year after next.

"I feel really good about this," he said, now preparing for his junior season of high school baseball coming up soon. "I really like the (Ole Miss) coaches. Now I won't have to worry about that every game. I can just go out the next two years and worry about winning the state championship."

Then he will get excited about heading to Oxford for college.

"I feel really good about going to Ole Miss," Wallace said. "It's the perfect place for me to go, and I'm excited about it."

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