Top 50 National Prospect Commits to Rebels

Andrew Clark (LHP/1B, New Palestine, IN ) - The Rebel baseball program continues to dominate the national baseball recruiting scene. Ole Miss landed one of the Top 50 rising seniors in the country, according to Baseball America and Louisville Slugger, when Andrew Clark gave his verbal commitment to the Rebels.

Some insiders believe Andrew could be the top two way player (LHP/1B) in the country, along with Ole Miss commit, Matt Smith (RHP/OF).

Both Matt and Andrew are ranked as Top 50 national prospects and both are expected to make a huge impact at the University of Mississippi next season.

Player Profile

Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 210
MPH: 89
Grades: 3.9 GPA

From: New Palestine, IN
High School: New Palestine

The following information was revealed during our interview with Andrew Clark :

What does your fastball top out at when you are on the mound? "I throw it in the 89 to 90 MPH range."

What do you average? "88 - 89 MPH."

Which pitches are in your arsenal? "I throw a fastball, slider, and circle change up."

What is your out pitch? "I would say my slider."

What are your strengths on the mound? "Just being able to hit my location. I can hit my spots when I pitch. I control the game. I like to set the pace. A nice calm pace. I get all fired up though when I strike them out. I run back to the dugout. I get everybody else fired up. I am a real emotional player but laid back at the same time. Hitting is definitely my biggest strength for Ole Miss though. But pitching wise, being able to control the flow is my biggest thing."

What are your strengths at the plate? "Really, I think like a pitcher when I hit. I am just putting the ball in play. I can hit the ball a long way, a long/long way. I am good with runners in scoring position. I get the runner in. When I am ready, I just take a hack at it and it goes a long ways."

How long have you been starting for New Palestine? "This will be my fourth year. I have started every game. I have been the #1 pitcher, and I have hit in the 3 spot all four years."

What were your stats for your junior season? "I was 10-0 with a .022 ERA last year. Overall, I am 28-0 with a .038 ERA. I am the only pitcher that has not lost a high school game. I hit like four something last year with 10 HR's in thirty four games."

Any awards? "I was named 1st Team All-Conference, All-State, All- Super Team by the Indianapolis Star and the All-East Team. I was also selected as an All-American and played in the National All-Star game in Baltimore."

Which showcase tournaments did you attend this summer? "I played in the Perfect Game in Atlanta. I played in the All-American game in Baltimore. Our team made the CABO World Series in Cleveland, OH. Lance Lynn and I played in Ft. Meyers at the Louisville batting tournament. We also played in the Perfect Games in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We know each other pretty good. And as far as more showcase tournaments, I played in the Pittsburgh Pirates showcase and the Philadelphia Phillis showcase tournaments. I do not know, the whole summer was one showcase tournament after another. Oh yea, I was also selected to the Aflac Showcase tournament."

I hear you committed to Ole Miss? "Yes sir, I went down there officially the day after they played Kentucky in football. We got there on a Sunday. We went out to the field, toured the facilities and just walked around. We went to dinner with Coach Bianco then I met Lance Lynn and some of the players. We all went out and it was great. That is what made my mind up about Ole Miss. Their players are not just happy to be playing college baseball. They want to win a championship. Most college players are just happy to be there but not at Ole Miss. The coaches were cool. I can tell they are going to be there for me if you need any help. I also met a Baptist preacher that they had set up. My dad really liked that. We are pretty religious family. The drive is only 8 hours if you go by car but it is just a two hour flight and an hour drive from Memphis, so my family can still see me play some games. That was the only downfall about Ole Miss, was the distance, but it is going to work out anyway. The place is just amazing, and they have a great Business Management department. I called Coach Bianco on Tuesday and told him that I was coming. He was glad to hear that (laugh)."

Did you visit anymore colleges officially before Ole Miss? "I did not, actually. I went to Kentucky and Georgia Tech unofficially. I also went to North Carolina State unofficially. But like I said, Ole Miss was just the perfect fit for me. There really was no reason for me to go anywhere else. I mean, I did not even want to leave to go back home. I am ready to get it on right now. But to answer your question, no, I did not visit anyone else officially nor do I plan to."

Who were your top schools? "Georgia Tech would be one of them. Alabama was another. LSU would be another. Michigan would probably round it out. Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, LSU, Alabama, and Michigan were probably my Top 5 schools. They all offered me."

Who came after you the hardest? "I would have to say Ole Miss. They called me frequently and you could tell they were really wanting me. Georgia Tech, I could also tell they really wanted me. I visited Georgia Tech when I went down to the showcase tournament, but I just liked it a lot more at Ole Miss."

With you being a National Top 50 prospect; will you ever end up in college? "I do not really know right now. You get a bunch of people telling you that you are going to be a 1st rounder, but that is just a bunch of bull. Look at Stephen Head. He was the best college baseball player in the country last year and he went in the 2nd round. You just have to be lucky to be a 1st round pick. I mean, you are not only going up against the best from America, but Japan and just the whole world now. My goal is to be a pro player, do not get me wrong, but I would have to get 1st round money to not go to Ole Miss. I am excited to get out of high school and get to Ole Miss. It would have to be some real high money for me to miss my experiences I would get at Ole Miss. Both of my parents had to go straight to work out of high school, so. I really can not see myself not at Ole Miss next year."

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