With the majority of the Ole Miss outfield a year or two from completing their college careers, either due to graduation or the draft, the Rebels are looking for commitments to restock the cupboard.
One such verbal came this week when Atlanta, Ga., (Kennesaw Mountain H.S.) native Zach Lowery gave his pledge to Ole Miss.
The six-foot-three, 200 pound right-handed outfielder saw the opening for playing time and chose the Rebels over the Tennessee Volunteers.
"Coach Rob (Reinstetle) told me about the outfield situation with lots of juniors and seniors," Lowery said. The seniors will be gone before I get there, and he expects several of the juniors to get drafted. It is a quality program with the chance to play right away."
Lowery visited Oxford at the end of July and saw what he was looking for in a college home.
"I really loved it," Lowery said. "It was nice, and there were a lot of trees. I am into more of the rural campuses. I'm all about hunting and fishing and the outdoors."
The corner outfielder is rated the No. 121 prospect by Perfect Game for the 2009 class. Lowery is an offensive player that can move well with a 6.9 60 time. A product of the baseball-rich East Cobb area, Lowery led his summer team – the East Cobb Astros- in batting average on his way to hitting eight home runs.
"I have decent speed, but my bat is my biggest asset," Lowery said. "I want to work hard and improve my power. Also, I have to work on hitting offspeed pitches better. My approach changes at times. I can hit anything around the strike zone when it is going well, but I struggled with the curve over the summer. I need to be more consistent there."
Lowery attended the East Coast Showcase in Lakeland, Fla., over the summer and was able to see the nation's top players for his class.
"I had sized myself up as one of the best in the Southeast, but that showcase was eye-opening," Lowery said. "Everybody throws 90 and hits home runs. But I stayed on the field with them. That was a confidence builder to show I can play."
Ole Miss now has five commitments for the 2009 class.
Outfielder Added to 2009 Class
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