Diamond Rebs ink three more

Ole Miss baseball signed third baseman Devin Hicks, first baseman Cullan Kight and infielder Zach Miller to national letters of intent during the early fall signing period, head coach Mike Bianco announced Monday. All three will be eligible for the 2005-2006 academic year.

Both Hicks and Miller are from the Memphis-area, while Kight is from Magee, Miss.

Hicks, 6-feet-3, 215 pounds, from Bartlett, Tenn., hit 16 home runs en route to earning all-state honors for Bartlett High School last spring.

Miller, 5-feet-7, 170 pounds, from Germantown, Tenn., is a two-time Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association (TBCA) All-Region selection at Houston High School.

Both Hicks and Miller played together on the Dulins Dodgers summer team.

"Once again, we've signed two of the top players in the Memphis area," said Ole Miss assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Dan McDonnell. "Both Hicks and Miller play for two of the top high school coaches in the Memphis area, and we know that they will be able to come here and compete at this level."

Kight, 6-feet-3, 225 pounds, plays at Simpson Academy where he earned all-state honors from The Clarion-Ledger. He hit .407 with seven HRs last spring in helping Simpson Academy to the AA MPSA state championship. For his career, he has a two-year batting average of .440 with 10 home runs.

"We're excited that we've been able to sign one of the top hitters in the state," McDonnell said. "Cullan is a great player that also comes from a very good high school program."

Ole Miss went 39-21 last season and played host to its first NCAA Regional. The 2005 campaign will mark Bianco's fifth season with the Rebels and he has recorded a 150-90-1 record at Ole Miss.

2004 OLE MISS BASEBALL EARLY SIGNEES Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School (Junior College)
Wes Grilliette RHP 6-2 190 Oxford, Miss./Oxford
Devin Hicks 3B 6-3 215 Bartlett, Tenn./Bartlett
Cullan Kight 1B 6-3 225 Magee, Miss./Simpson Academy
Zach Miller INF 5-7 170 Germantown, Tenn./Houston
Cody Satterwhite RHP 6-4 192 Byram, Miss./Hillcrest Christian
Chase Ware RHP 6-4 190 Olive Branch, Miss./Olive Branch

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