SS Anderson picks Rebs

Austin Anderson visited Ole Miss earlier this week and knew it was where he wanted to attend college and play baseball.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound middle infielder was originally committed to North Florida but decided to look around at other schools.

Central Florida was very interested. Florida State was interested as well, and the Seminoles offered.

Anderson played this summer with Ole Miss commitments catcher Will Allen and pitcher Casey Mulholland on the Orlando Scorpion Black team. He was spotted at a showcase tournament in Ft. Myers, Fla., by Ole Miss assistant coach Rob Reinstetle.

"I became interested in Ole Miss," Anderson said. "I knew Will was committed and Casey committed later, and I loved playing with those guys. They're great guys."

But that wasn't the only reason he was interested in Ole Miss. He decided he'd heard enough about the place and the program that he wanted to take a look for himself.

"My mom and my two younger brothers and I visited (earlier this week)," said Anderson, who plays for Mt. Dora High School near Orlando. "I liked the campus, and the baseball facilities are amazing. I'm excited to be attending Ole Miss."

Which he will be after he signs in November and completes his senior year of high school. He was strong at the plate his junior season. He batted .510 with a home run, seven triples, and nine doubles. Anderson wants to work to improve all aspects of his game this school year.

"I definitely want to hit the weight room," he said. "And I want to work on my speed. Bigger and faster are two of my goals."

He runs a 6.9 in the 60 but would like to get that down to a 6.7 or lower if possible, he said.

"And I want to keep hitting the ball and doing well there," he said.

Anderson felt he had a good summer and was able to show coaches, like Reinstetle, what he can do. But it's his glove in the infield that particularly impresses coaches, it seems.

"Coach Reinstetle said I reminded him of the senior shortstop (Kevin Mort) they have there now," Anderson said. "I'd love to come in and play as a freshman, and I will work hard to be able to do that."

For now, he'll get ready for his senior season of high school, likely visit Ole Miss again this fall for a football weekend, and sign in November.

"Things have worked out," he said. "There were some opportunities, but Ole Miss is Ole Miss, and I'm excited about it."

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