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In the days ahead, we'll take a look at the recent signing class for Ole Miss baseball. First up, infielder Dalton Dulin, a senior at Memphis University School.

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Dalton Dulin knew all along where he'd sign to play college baseball. He committed to Ole Miss two years ago when he was a sophomore. Earlier in November, the signature made it official, and Dulin said it was a fun day when he finally became an "official" Rebel.

"It was a big day. It was a great day," he said. "There was a good showing at signing day at MUS, so it was good. We had like eight guys in my grade from all different sports. We had a good time."

Dulin's play has progressed throughout his career. In addition to his own athletic abilities, Dalton was able to be around the game all his life. His father, Tim, owns Dulin's Sports Complex in Memphis.

Dalton has spent hours and years developing his game, and it's paid off. For example, he was a participant in the prestigious UnderArmour All-America Game at Chicago's Wrigley Field in August.

"It's definitely come along," Dulin said of his game. "This past summer was great for me. This fall it's been the same grind, getting better in my all around game. I'm really excited to get out there with my team and win a state championship. That's my only goal right now."

It's a goal they've fallen just short of in the recent past. Dulin has been a part of too many runnerup teams in Tennessee.

"The past three years we were runnerup," the 5-foot-9, 170-pounder said. "I'm ready to win one."

As a middle infielder, Dulin could come in and help the Rebels immediately. Of course, that remains to be seen, given other players in the mix.

Austin Anderson is likely the shortstop this season and is a junior who could be drafted highly enough to consider leaving. At second base, things are currently wide open as the Rebels look for a replacement this season for Alex Yarbrough. Junior Lance Wilson and freshman Luke Gibbs are among those battling there. Talented sophomore Jake Overbey could wind up in either the shortstop or second base position this season, depending on how things play out.

Dalton Dulin with Wrigley's ivy-covered wall in the background
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And while the 2014 season is some time away, Dulin could fit into those plans for the Rebels. He talks about his projection as far as position, both now and into the future.

"In pro ball, definitely second base," he said of where he believes he projects. "In college ball, the coaches and I haven't really spent a lot of time talking about it. Middle infield, wherever they need a spot, I'm going to step in as a freshman and try to contribute, do whatever I can to help the team win. I'm looking forward to that."

He continues to put in the work to get better. It's what he's done again this fall.

"It's an overall, every day approach," said Dulin, who naturally bats left and throws right. "I have to get better, because there are guys all around the country trying to get better at the position I play.

"It's been a good fall. I've gotten a lot of work done. I've been in the weight room a lot. I do yoga three times a week, so I've become more flexible. I've been doing a lot right-handed to get my switch-hitting to come along."

Dulin's speed is a real positive for him. He's run the 60 in 6.5 seconds. It's a signing class with some speed.

"When we get down there, there's going to be a bunch of stolen bases," Dulin said.

Dulin is likely to be drafted highly enough to consider an immediate future in professional baseball. But that comes next June.

"It's early in the process right now," he said. "Any decision I come up with, my family's going to support me. It's so early right now, I'm not really thinking about all that. I'm just focused on winning a state championship and Ole Miss."

For now it's all about MUS and the senior year. Then it's about where he committed two years ago.

"I committed when I was a sophomore, and it's always felt like home, ever since I was around Zack Cozart and those guys," said Dulin, probably as familiar with the program and maybe moreso than anyone in the signing class. "I knew the day was going to come when I would sign there."

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