Nurdin has strong list of programs

Tyler Nurdin, who lives just down the road from Six Flags Over Texas, was actually checking out Six Flags Over Georgia this week. The talented left-handed pitcher was in the Atlanta area for a Summer Showcase and said he visited the park.

But it's the ballpark where Nurdin is most at home, either in Texas or Georgia. And it's where his future likely is as well.

The Ft. Worth, Texas, product has Ole Miss on his mind while he's in Georgia, but also several other schools. The Rebels are recruiting the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Nurdin to join their pitching staff after he completes his senior year of high school.

"I have it down to a few schools right now, and Ole Miss is one of those," said Nurdin, who hasn't actually visited the Ole Miss campus yet but plans to in the fall.

The other schools he lists are hometown team TCU, national champion LSU, Arkansas, Arizona, and Nebraska. There are potentially others, but those are the ones he mentioned.

Nurdin said Ole Miss is on his list for a number of reasons but certainly one above all else at this point.

"They have a very good baseball program that wins," he said.

Having Nurdin on the pitching staff should help the Rebels win even more. He was impressive as a junior at Ft. Worth's Paschal High School last spring with an ERA of 0.90 and a 5-2 record along with 87 strikeouts.

He throws both a two-seam and a four-seam fastball with a curve, a changeup, and a cutter. He said his best pitch is his fastball, which he says he throws well away from right-handed hitters and into lefties.

In a game this past season, Nurdin had 16 strikeouts. In one game as a sophomore, Nurdin recorded 18 strikeouts. has said Nurdin attacks hitters with his fastball and has the same action on his changeup as his fastball; a very deceptive pitcher with good arm speed and a solid future.

He was named first-team All-District and nominated for All-State and All-American. He will play with a team in the Junior Olympics in Italy in August.

Nurdin said would like to have his decision for college before he goes to Italy in mid-to-late August, but there's a good chance he will wait until he takes visits in the fall.

"I know a lot about some of the schools, but I haven't been to Ole Miss yet," he said. "I want to visit there, and they are definitely one that I'm considering."

Along with several other high-profile college baseball programs. But Nurdin said he'll make a decision when he's sure.

"I like all the programs," he said. "I just want to make the best choice possible when I do so."

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