Shusteric patient concerning future

Jordan Shusteric has Mississippi on his mind but some other places as well. The talented, versatile shortstop/second baseman/outfielder is considering Ole Miss for his baseball and college future.

"Ole Miss and other SEC schools, along with Kansas, Oregon, and UNLV," said the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from Michigan.

His recruiting obviously stretches far and wide. Shusteric, who attend the Ole Miss-South Carolina weekend in Oxford this past spring, said he was impressed by basically everything he saw at Ole Miss.

"It was awesome," he said. "I loved everything about it. They took me on a campus tour in a golf cart, and it was really impressive. I saw the weight room, and the (baseball) stadium itself is amazing."

Shusteric, a projected mid-round draft pick next June by Perfect Game, had been aware of Ole Miss baseball for a while and had been recruited by Ole Miss and other schools since at least as early as the start of his sophomore year. Even with a long list of colleges still in the mix, Shusteric said one thing stood out more on his visit to Ole Miss.

"The biggest thing to me was the way the players acted," he said. "I was in the locker room before a game, and their mindset was totally on baseball. The environment was amazing, and they love being a part of the baseball program there. Just being around the players pregame was awesome. It was just so important to them."

Shusteric, who played at Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Mich., last season, will play at Allen Park High in Allen Park, Mich., his senior year. It was an interesting year for him as a junior, especially from a playing field standpoint.

"We only played on two fields all year that had outfield fences," the switch-hitter said of the Catholic League he played in. "With no fences and the wind blowing up here, it was difficult to hit home runs. Hopefully playing on nicer fields will help get my power numbers up."

Shusteric batted .340 as a junior with two home runs and 17 stolen bases. Speed is one of his strengths with a 6.7 in the 60-yard.

Shusteric, who throws right-handed, said he is equally adept at hitting from either side. The "Perfect Game" website had good things to say about him.

"Athletic build, switch-hitter. RH-stays inside the ball well, line drive contact, good oppo pop, shows good bat speed, solid stroke, LH-has extension, raw tools to work with, very sound infield actions, soft hands, good baseball player, quick feet, solid range, runs well, solid student."

The All-Catholic, All Distrcit and All-Area player as a sophomore and junior said he's keeping an open mind about which college he'll attend.

"I may narrow it down, but I'm not really worried about where I'll sign right now," said Shusteric, who, of course, cannot sign until November at the earliest. "I'm playing this summer (with a team in Michigan), and getting ready for my senior year. Ole Miss has called (since July 1), and I'm excited about that. I'm looking forward to seeing how things go from here."


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