Woods commits to Rebs

Gabe Woods has known for a while where he wanted to play college baseball, and that's Ole Miss. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound infielder has committed to the Rebels.

"I started keeping up with them my freshman year," said Woods, who will be a senior at Albany High School in Albany, La., this fall and will sign with the Rebels in November. "I finally got up there for a game (this spring vs. Kentucky) and have been to a couple of camps there. It's a beautiful stadium and a great atmosphere."

And just the place Woods wants to be for his future. This past season as a junior, he played at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond, La. During that season he batted .489 with seven home runs and 38 RBI. His team was 25-6 and lost in the semi-finals of the 2A state playoffs.

Woods, a right-handed hitter who played shortstop this past season, was a first-team All-State player in Louisiana as well as All-District along with being named MVP of his team.

An excellent defensive player who might best be described as a bigger version of Zach Miller, Woods is a solid hitter who does a lot of things well. Speed is one aspect he says he is focused on improving this summer and during his senior season of high school.

Woods was recruited by LSU, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Southeastern Louisiana, among other schools, but Ole Miss has been his first choice for quite some time.

"It's just the place I want to be," said Woods, who is playing this summer for Marucci Elite team in Louisiana, which consists of players from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, and Florida.

This past weekend, Woods and his team played in a tournament at Tulane. In game one, Woods, who interchanges with another player game to game at second base and shortstop, was 2-for-3 with a single, a triple, and two RBI. In game two he was 1-for-3 with a double, and in game three 1-for-1 with a single and two walks.

Woods and his Marucci team will play at Oxford-University Stadium in a tournament July 25-26.

(Editor's Note: In the days and weeks ahead, we'll take a look at Ole Miss baseball recruits, commitments, and signees to keep you updated.)

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