RBI hitter ready for Rebel career

Leaving runners on base haunted the 2007 Diamond Reb offense, so assistant coach Rob Reinstetle went out and found a hitter whose specialty is the RBI.

Logan Williams began his high school career with a bang and has only gotten better. The South Side (Ark) product set the State RBI record as a freshman with 64 and eclipsed his own mark with 73 as a sophomore.

Williams committed to Ole Miss last October before putting together his best season as a senior. The infielder/pitcher closed his prep career with a .640 batting average, 12 home runs and 78 RBI.

"I had my best year even though I didn't get to see a lot of pitches," Williams said. "It was my highest average and RBI total so I have confidence that I can come in and do well at Ole Miss."

Williams is honing his skills this summer with the Southeast Texas Sun Devils. The travel team also features Ole Miss signees shortstop Tim Ferguson and pitcher Josh Thomason. The competition is up a level from high school, thus giving the college bound athletes a chance to see quality opponents.

"We were in Omaha, Neb., last week, and we are in Atlanta, Ga., right now," Williams said. "I'm hitting the ball well this summer. I haven't had a lot of power so far, but I am hitting a lot of doubles and hitting over .500.

"The competition is much higher than my high school, and that is why I wanted to do it. Nothing will completely prepare you for the SEC, but this will hopefully make the transition a little smoother. The pitching is tougher, and this experience will have me ready for fall practice.

"Coach Rob and Coach (Carl) Lafferty are up here watching these games in Georgia. I have talked to them a couple times here, and I went to orientation during the regionals so of course I met with the coaches then and watched the games."

Williams committed during his visit back in the fall thanks to Ole Miss' plan for his future and the attractive campus and planned stadium expansion. The third baseman chose the Rebels over offers from fellow SEC schools Tennessee and Arkansas.

"They are mostly looking at me as a third baseman and then perhaps to get some innings out of the bullpen," Williams said. "Anything can change, but right now, I am coming in to be an offensive player first and foremost. A hitter is what I wanted to be. I had schools talk to me, and it seemed like they all had something different in mind regarding my role. Ole Miss talked to me, and we both had the same idea. Their role for me is exactly what I want."

Facilities and campus beauty go a long way, but winning is the important thing. Williams noted that he has known about Ole Miss for a while, but the Super Regional berths and perennial success definitely make the biggest statements.

"The main draw is that it gives me a chance to win a national championship," Williams added. "You go to college so that you can go to Omaha, and I feel like there is a great chance we will do that at Ole Miss."

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