Thrice as Nice

Baton Rouge, La., pitcher Jacob Waguespack wanted to get away for college. He got his wish Friday.

Waguespack, a right-handed pitcher, committed to Ole Miss, becoming the ninth commitment for the recruiting class of 2012. He is the third player from Louisiana to commit to Ole Miss, joining shortstop Gavin Cecchini and catcher Stryker Trahan.

"I wanted to get away from Baton Rouge. You know, get away for school," Waguespack said. "(Ole Miss) is a smaller school, a smaller town. That's a big plus. That's the main reason. I felt at home at Ole Miss. Not really facilities or anything physical; I just got the feeling that I needed to be there playing ball in the next step in my life."

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Waguespack chose the Rebels over in-state schools LSU and Tulane, as well Southern Miss.

"I'm a hard-working guy," he said. "I like working for good coaches like (Ole Miss head) Coach (Mike) Bianco and (Ole Miss recruiting coordinator and pitching) Coach (Carl) Lafferty and everybody at Ole Miss.

Jacob Waguespack
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"I'm going to throw strikes and help my team out anyway I can. I'm a big guy, tall frame, so I've got the downward angle on the fastball. I've got good off-speed, a good changeup that I like to throw. My strikeout pitch is a slider."

Waguespack is glad to have the recruiting process behind him.

"It's definitely a big weight off my shoulders," he said. "In-state schools and everybody, they call you a lot during the recruiting process. But like I said, definitely a big weight lifted. I'm just excited for the years to come in Oxford."

Waguespack, who stars for Dutchtown High School, put in a call to Lafferty to confirm his commitment. Lafferty shared in Waguespack's excitement.

"I called Coach Lafferty, and I felt like he was about to jump through the phone," Waguespack said. "He was real excited, getting a Baton Rouge guy to come to Oxford. They were real excited and happy for me, and I was the same."

Dutchtown finished 29-6 a year ago and was 15-0 in its conference, finishing as the No. 5 ranked team in Louisiana, according to MaxPreps. Waguespack was 8-0 in his junior season, with a 1.83 ERA in 55 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out 73 while walking only 18, good for a 4.06 strikeouts-to-walks ration.

He was named a Metro Area All-District selection for District 6-5A.

"Well, I'd love to bring a state title to my team at Dutchtown," Waguespack said, when asked of what he's focusing on for his senior season. "I'd like to get stronger, get bigger, faster, a little bit more velocity. Hopefully the best comes out of that."

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