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Brady Bramlett racked up what appears to be just about all the top awards available to him this spring. Some were local and some were statewide.

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The 6-foot-4, 230 pound right-handed pitcher from Arlington, Tenn., closed out a sensational high school career from a personal and a team standpoint with a state championship in Tennessee's highest classification for baseball, 3A. Bramlett was the leader on the mound.

In the title game, Arlington beat Knoxville Bearden 9-3, and Bramlett pitched a complete game. Arlington finished the year 33-11. Bramlett was 11-0 with a 1.01 ERA.

"The biggest thing I focused on this year was just to have command of all my pitches and throw everything for a strike when I needed it," said Bramlett, who has been committed to Ole Miss since late in 2010. "Instead of just throwing, the biggest thing was learning how to pitch this year."

But Bramlett already knew how to pitch, at least against the competition he faces in high school. He didn't lose a game his junior or senior seasons and was 39-2 in four years at AHS.

He leaves on a school trip to South America Wednesday and will be in Oxford in late June to start second semester summer school, along with several other incoming Ole Miss players. It will give him time to let his arm bounce back, time to reflect, and to get away from baseball for a bit.

"I usually take a week or two off anyway, so my arm will properly heal from the spring," he said.

He's excited about getting started toward a college career that he hopes will match his high school career in terms of accomplishment.

"Ole Miss is my dream school. This is what I've been working for all through high school," said Bramlett, who has family throughout north Mississippi. "My mom was born in Bruce. I have family from Oxford to Grenada. We're spread all over the place. So I'm pumped to be heading that way for college."

He actually spends a lot of time in Oxford already. He has family and friends here. Just last week, not for orientation or anything baseball related, he was in town. One thing he did was buy a shirt. Another shirt from Oxford, that is.

"My closet IS basically Ole Miss, so why not add another to it?" he laughed and said.

Brady Bramlett
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This coming only a day after the major league draft had wrapped up. Bramlett's name, prominent among scouts, didn't get called. A lot of players now would have been drafted in the past who were passed over this year. That has to do with the draft being ten less rounds, the money situation in the draft now, and the fact that he made it quite clear he was heading to Ole Miss.

"I got calls from Detroit and Atlanta. With the money they were talking about, I told them I'd rather go to school," said the pre-med major. "Hopefully by doing that, after my junior year I can be one of those first or second rounders."

His numbers and his pitches say that could be the case. He already has four pitches - fast ball, curve ball, slider, changeup – he uses. His fast ball touched 94 miles per hour this spring. He was consistently 89-91.

His immediate goals? Well, he knows Bobby Wahl and Mike Mayers return. That leaves an open spot in the weekend rotation. Ole Miss fans know a third starter was a point of concern all season for the Rebels. Bramlett has his sights set on that.

"My goal coming in as a freshman is to get in that weekend rotation," he said. "I just want to come in, prove myself, and get that spot. I'll hit the weights hard. When I get down there this summer, I really want to focus on getting stronger and getting fit."

There is obviously a group of pitchers returning, and there are other newcomers. But Bramlett has only known success personally and as a team, and his confidence is at a high level.

Others have recognized it as well. He was named All-Metro for Shelby County. He was selected as the Best of the Preps Player of the Year, the top honor in metro Memphis, for the second time.

Bramlett won the inaugural Charlie Lea Award, given to the top pitcher in the Mid-South area and named for the late former major league pitcher. He was the 3A Player of the Year for Tennessee as selected by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association.

Now his attention and excitement turn to Ole Miss. He's already making some predictions.

"I'm pumped. It's going to be an exciting year," he said. "I think we'll go far."

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