'Yes' to Ole Miss

Dallas Woolfolk said it was time to make a decision on where he would play college baseball. So earlier this week he did.


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The 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-handed pitcher from Desoto Central High School committed to the Rebels and had heard from Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Alabama, and Memphis.

He was in Oxford Sunday. One look was all it took.

"(Ole Miss) hadn't actually offered me (before Sunday), but they had been on me really strong," he said. "Sunday they offered me. I prayed about it and God led me to Ole Miss."

Woolfolk had visited the Ole Miss campus before for games. But Sunday was different. This time he was more than just a fan. He was a potential future Rebel player.

He evaluated things and came to some conclusions.

"Arkansas offered but I thought it was a little far," Woolfolk said. "I didn't feel in my heart I wanted to go there. As soon as I stepped on the Ole Miss campus, I felt it was the right school."

He stuck around for the Rebels 8-3 win against Missouri to complete the three-game sweep of the Tigers.

Woolfolk is from Southaven, so he is familiar with Ole Miss and liked it already. But he hadn't necessarily been a big fan.

"I didn't really grow up an Ole Miss fan. I just liked whoever, really," he said. "But I've always loved the school."

Woolfolk is in the middle of his junior season of high school baseball. He wants to continue to improve his pitches prior to arriving at Ole Miss in a year and a half.

"I feel like my fast ball is the strongest," he said. "I have the most strength with my fast ball. And then my next pitch would be my changeup, and I have a pretty good slider right now. I've been working with my offspeed to get better."

Woolfolk, who said he hit 93 miles per hour on the radar gun a couple of weeks ago, likes his Desoto Central team. He's been mostly in a closer role this season.

"I think we're pretty solid with a lot of talent," Woolfolk said of the Class 6A team. "If we put it all together, we can win a state championship."

Two of his teammates, both seniors, have already signed with Ole Miss. Clay Casey is a center fielder, and Kyle Watson is a shortstop. They are scheduled to arrive at Ole Miss this fall.

The 17-year-old Woolfolk said he's glad to have his decision behind him so he can focus on everything else.

"I'm solid with Ole Miss," he said. "I'm very blessed about it and without God by my side I wouldn't have anything I have today."


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