Decision nears for DeGruy

Jacques de Gruy is getting a lot of attention. He's got a decision to make in the days ahead.

The talented right-handed pitcher from New Orleans now living in Dallas has several offers from colleges for his services and is expecting more. Ole Miss is one of those that's already done so.

The Rebels join a couple of schools near his current home and one in his former home that have said they want de Gruy. Dallas Baptist and TCU in the D/FW Metroplex area have said come play while Tulane has also asked him to be a part of the Green Wave program.

De Gruy grew up in New Orleans. He attended Holy Cross High School just as his father and his grandfather on his mother's side had done. After Hurricane Katrina, his family moved 30 miles north of New Orleans, to the northshore of Lake Ponchartrain and he attended Northlake Christian where, as a freshman, he earned a staring position on the varsity baseball team as a pitcher.

After another family relocation, this time to Dallas, he pitched his sophomore and junior years at Jesuit College Preparatory in Dallas. He'll be a senior there this school year and wants to make a decision on his college choice soon.

Before he does, de Gruy believes some other schools will offer, like Arkansas, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest. But currently Ole Miss appears to be near or perhaps even at the top of his list.

"I'd like to commit somewhere this month," said de Gruy, who visited Ole Miss recently. "I'd like to go ahead and do that before this school year gets going." De Gruy said he came away feeling very good about Ole Miss. "I felt really at home at Ole Miss," he said. "I am extremely comfortable with the coaches and the baseball program is one of the nations best. It's a beautiful campus, and the fact that it only has 14,000 students and not so big was a selling point to me."

De Gruy was 3-1 this past season as a junior but missed much of the campaign with a pulled muscle but was still able to earn Jesuit's top Offensive Player award. He's spent the summer playing for the DBAT Mustangs 17U, an elite traveling team in Dallas with many top players from Texas and Oklahoma. He was 10-2 over the summer. De Gruy also participated in the prestigious Area Code Game tryouts and was also invited to participate in the Texas Scouts Association Showcase in the Texas Rangers ballpark where there were over 150 MLB and college scouts attending the event.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder throws a four-seam fast ball 88-91, a slider 78-81, a curve 75-76, and a circle change 74-76.

"I am looking forward to competing for a position to pitch as a freshman, and I know Ole Miss will be losing something like two weekend starters and three midweek starters (after the 2010 season)," de Gruy said. "So there should be some immediate opportunity, but I know I am going to be competing with other very talented pitchers. That is fine with me."

De Gruy said, very good academics and continued development and significantly improving as a pitcher is much of what he is looking for in college.

"I want to practice and work hard to get better and better, and that is a big part of it for me," said de Gruy, who also understands the draft next June could impact that if he is chosen. "I just want to be comfortable and confident with the coaches and the program, and I felt that way when I visited Ole Miss."

De Gruy said the Tulane offer is of interest because it would allow him to go back home where he grew up.

"I still have family there, and there's always an attraction to go home," he said. "New Orleans will always be home to me."

But Ole Miss is an offer that more than intrigues de Gruy, and he hopes to make a decision in the not-too-distant future and sign in November.

"I'd really like to do that in the next week or two," said the two-time All-Area and All-District player in the Dallas area. "I don't think I'll wait too long."

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