Perkins Accepts

Ole Miss asked Nic Perkins to join its baseball program this week. Perkins didn't hesitate to accept.

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The 6-foot-4, 215-pound catcher from Francis Howell High School in suburban St. Louis, Mo., chose the Rebels over Missouri, Saint Louis University, and Xavier. Perkins said attending Ole Miss and playing baseball for the Rebels of the Southeastern Conference was a fairly easy choice.

"Pretty much everything," he said of his "likes" about Ole Miss, Oxford, and the program. "When I visited and first drove onto campus, I liked it. Then there was the Grove and all the fans. The way the fans take sports down there, it's just awesome. I wanted to be a part of it. The facilities, the locker room, the indoor facility at the field, just everything about it was awesome."

Perkins made a visit for the Ole Miss-Vanderbilt football game last fall. He left impressed. Ole Miss had clearly been on his mind since then. But it wasn't until this week that things worked out for him.

"They offered me Tuesday," said Perkins, knowing there was at least one other catcher on the Rebels' radar for the upcoming Class of 2014, which he is a part of. "They needed to know if I was going or not."

And now he is.

Until he gets here, Perkins said he wants to focus on improving all aspects of his game.

"I need to improve at everything, that's for sure," he said. "I've really been focusing on defense a lot this year. Last year my hitting was a lot better than my defense. So this year I focused on my defense a lot more than my hitting. My defense definitely improved this year."

Perkins batted .379 as a sophomore and as a junior his average was 330. He said he's known as a power hitter. He had seven home runs as a sophomore and five as a junior.

Nic Perkins
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He's picked up quite a few honors already. He was named first-team all-state in Missouri as a sophomore and as a junior. He was selected third-team All-America honorable mention going into his junior season. He was named first team all-district and first-team all-conference this past season as well.

That the Rebels are coached by so many former catchers and the fact that Stuart Turner of the 2013 Rebels was named the best college catcher in the country by winning the Johnny Bench Award were all significant to Perkins.

"That was a big thing for me," he said of Mike Bianco, Carl Lafferty, and Cliff Godwin playing the position in college. "All three of them know catching, so that was important to me."

His father, Tony, is his head coach. Tony and Nic's mother, Tracey, made the visit with him last fall for the Vanderbilt football game in Oxford.

"It feels good to have the decision behind me so I can focus on my upcoming senior season," said Perkins, who will sign with the Rebels in November.

The Rebels currently have 12 members of the Class of 2014 who will sign with the program in November.

In addition to Perkins, they are:

Will Golsan, INF, New Hope (Miss.) High School

Ti'quan Forbes, INF, Columbia (Miss.) High School

Tate Blackman, INF, Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs, Fla.

John Wesley Ray, RHP, Christian Brothers High School, Memphis, Tenn.

Brady Feigl, RHP, Central High School, Chesterfield, Mo.

Foster Griffin, LHP, The First Academy, Orlando, Fla.

Michael Fitzsimmons, 1B/3B Memphis (Tenn.) University School

Kyle Watson, INF, Desoto Central (Miss.) High School

Joe Wainhouse, 1B, Kentridge (Wash.) High School

Will Stokes, RHP, West Lauderdale (Miss.) High School

Calder Mikell, RHP, Petal (Miss.) High School

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