Solid Commitment

Chase Nyman had been to Ole Miss a few times before, but at least one of his experiences weekend before last was a first.

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"Ole Miss is a super good place," said the 6-foot, 180-pound middle infielder. "I knew I liked it. I'd never been to a football game, but I knew the atmosphere was great. Same thing for baseball games. Walking around the Grove, everybody's talking to you because they know who you are. They talk to you, and it's great. It was awesome."

Nyman was joined on his weekend visit by fellow Rebel commitments pitcher Jake Waguespack, pitcher Ty Hensley, middle infielder Gavin Cecchini, and pitcher Zach Irwin.

"I had a very great time there," said Nyman, of Pascagoula High School. "My host was Alex Yarbrough. He's one of the coolest guys I met there.

"Matt Snyder, Tanner Mathis, Mike Mayers. Those were the other hosts (for those committed to the Rebel program who visited that same weekend)," he continued; Bobby Wahl was another host. "We basically all hung out together and had a great time. It was fun."

Nyman, who chose Ole Miss over Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi, and South Alabama, said he caught up with another Pascagoula Panther on his visit to Ole Miss - Senquez Golson. Currently Golson is playing football and will be an outfielder on the baseball roster in the spring.

The Rebel baseball players left an impression on Nyman.

"The players at Ole Miss right now, they all do everything together. They call each other. They go to the same places," he said. "We went to eat with our hosts, and the next thing you know Josh Laxer, Preston Overbey, and all those guys walked in. There were like 25 of us sitting there at a table."

He was impressed with what he saw in the scrimmage.

"I saw them Saturday. Everybody looked good," Nyman said. "The freshmen looked good, like they can step up and do something this year. They looked good."

The five commitments in for the Alabama football weekend, along with others who will sign next month, have taken a page from the current class of newcomers to the program. There is a bond that already exists. They know each other, some have played summer ball together, and all have made an effort to get to know one another.

"We bond together, all of us commits," Nyman said. "We know each other from summer ball, so that made it easier. Jake Waguespack and I played for Marucci (of Louisiana) this summer. I played with Christian Helsel, Stryker Trahan, and Gavin Cecchini at the East Coast Pro Showcase (in Florida). Zach Irwin played with us two summers ago."

This past weekend Nyman was playing with Marucci in the World Wood Bat Championship in Jupiter, Fla. Other Ole Miss commitments were there.

"I saw Christian Helsel earlier and talked to him," Nyman said. "I saw the (Texas) Sun Devils play, but I didn't get to talk to any of those guys."

On the Sun Devils team are Ole Miss commitments Hensley, Cecchini, and Cameron Dishon, younger brother of former Rebel Tim Ferguson.

Nyman, who plays shortstop and second base for PHS and can play third base and even first base, said he might play more baseball this fall. But mostly he will continue to work on strength, conditioning, and whatever else it takes to be ready for his senior season at Pascagoula and his upcoming career in college at Ole Miss.

"I'm just working to get stronger," he said. "I know I'll need to work to get better at everything. Just improve my game in every way is what I want to do."

Perfect Game USA said this about him earlier this year:

"Nyman has a strong physical build with good upper body strength and sloped shoulders. Good defensive setup and shows shortstop actions. Good hands and feet and is smooth to the ball, clean transfer and release and makes on target throws to first base. Aggressive approach and swing at the plate, gets a good coil and has bat speed. He has juice in his bat and makes hard contact to the pull side. Bat gets through the zone well, and his swing is surprisingly compact for a player with his size and strength. Good student. Named to Top Prospect Team."

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