Talented LHP leaning towards OM over MLB

It would be understandable for the Ole Miss family to be nervous about losing who some say is their top pitching prospect in the last four classes.

All the Farragut (Tenn) pitcher has accomplished is leading his team to a State Championship last year in Tennessee's highest classification while going 7-1 with a 1.5 ERA. The school followed that up with another #1 ranking as they stand 33-5 and are in the middle of Regionals and are the odds on favorite to repeat as champions. This season the 6' 2", 185 pound left hand pitcher is their ace once again and stands at 7-0 with a 1.03 ERA while striking at 59 in 40 innings of work. His career record now stands at 22-3 with a 1.23 ERA.

But according to Jordan Cooper, the draft is the furthest thing on his mind.

"Our family does not even have an advisor. Until things get serious, I am not getting one. My mind is set on Ole Miss."

The Louisville Slugger All-American averages in the 87-89 MPH range, but uses a couple more pitches to close the deal.

"I just try and get ahead with my fastball, and my out pitch is my slider. But I like to throw the change up when I get ahead."

Jordan was in the national spotlight last summer when he was pitching in the National Perfect Games in Minnesota.

"I faced six batters and struck out all six guys. I went to the East Coast Pro Showcase tournament after that and had a really good showing. I also played in the Wooden Bat World Series, and the Sunbelt Tennessee team. I was named a Rawling 1st Team All-region for the Perfect Games."

Jordan became one of the more sought after players in the country for his summer showing and was offered by the likes of Ole Miss, LSU, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Vandy, but in the end he choose the Rebels. Why?

"I was actually leaning towards LSU for a long time, but just the tradition Coach Bianco has built since he got there won me over. I visited Ole Miss and fell in love with the campus and the baseball facilities, and just how important baseball is at Ole Miss. It runs so deep at Ole Miss. LSU might have a longer tradition but Ole Miss' is stronger."

In the ideal world, some might expect the Knoxville standout to say he would like to get millions in the upcoming baseball draft, but that is not the case.

"I really want to attend Ole Miss. That would be the ideal place for me. It would have to be a whole lot of money for me not to go to Ole Miss. My dream has always been to play pro baseball, but I would rather do it after I attend Ole Miss."

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