State Games MVP chooses OM

The Rebels are putting together quite a group for the rising senior class. They have already nabbed three of the top 100 high school prospects in the Class of 2011, according to Perfect Games, but none of them have the upside of this 6' 5", 245 pounder.

Jimel Judon is actually a two-sport star for Myrtle, as he has made All-Area and All-State the past two years in both basketball and baseball, but he has choosen the diamond over hoops on the collegiate level.

"I accepted a scholarship offer from Ole Miss in January," added the very polite Jimel Judon. "I just feel that it is a really good baseball program, and I will have a lot of success there."

Jimel mowed down his competitiors on the mound as well as the plate for Myrtle the past few years, but he will be a position player at Ole Miss.

"I have always played 1B and RHP, but they want me to play in the outfield or the (infield) corners (3B/2B). I am mainly being recruited as a hitter."

And hitting has never been a problem for Judon as he hit .525 with 7 HR's in only 14 games of action as a sophomore.

Jimel Judon
"I have always hit in the 3 or 4 spot, so I am pretty confident with the bat in my hands."

In the field Jimel has been blessed with a strong arm and covers a lot of ground (7.37 from home to first).

"I feel like I have a pretty strong arm, and I stay in front of the ball pretty good."

Last summer, Jimel was invited to the State Games in Meridian, which is a collection of all of the top high school players in Mississippi. Judon left with his name known.

"I was named MVP, and that is when I started getting recruited pretty hard by schools like Ole Miss, MSU, Vandy, Oregon, UAB, and South Alabama. Ole Miss sent Coach Rob (Reinstetle) to scout one of my games in Meridian (at the State Games). He started sending me a whole bunch of letters, and then he asked me to come on a visit."

Judon took a visit to MSU in November and Ole Miss in December, but he decided the University of Mississippi was the best fit for him.

"The visit went great (at Ole Miss). Meeting Matt Smith was pretty cool (laugh). Coach Bianco is a great guy, and I am excited to build a relationship with him. MSU kept stressing to me that I could become a big time hitter for them. They really liked my bat, but I am excited to know that I am going to be spending my college experience at Ole Miss. I grew up watching them play. Myrtle is only a thirty-five minute drive to Oxford, so I can get back and forth real easily."

This summer Jimel is going to be working on a couple of techniques to help his bat out even more.

"I played for the Kansas City Royals in Jupiter (FL) for the Wooden Bat tournament last summer, and it really showed me that I need to work on being smoother at the plate. People tell me that I have really quick hands. I need to stay back on the ball so I can drive the ball instead of being out in front and being too quick. I am going to work real hard this summer and play a lot of baseball."

Judon was one of two Mississippians, in the Class of 2011, that was invited to play in the prestigious USA 18 and Under National team in North Carolina this summer. He will also go back and play in the Wooden Bat showcase tournament in Jupiter (FL).

"I want to get use to hitting with a wooden bat. You do not have as much room to make a mistake. You have to get the barrell on the the sweet spot. It just makes you an all around better hitter to hit with a wooden bat."

To view a video of Jimel, click here.

To view the complete list of baseball commitments for the 2010/11 class, click here.

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