Jamison commits to Diamond Rebs

Evangelical Christian School baseball coach Ben Todd has high praise for Ole Miss' most recent baseball commitment, Will Jamison.

"Will's a special kid, an absolute athlete, one of the fastest kids I've ever seen," said Todd, the head coach at ECS, located in Cordova, Tenn., just outside Memphis. "And he has all the characteristics of a great leader."

Jamison is indeed fast. It's one of the reasons he's headed to Ole Miss as a likely outfielder. But not, of course, until after two more seasons of high school baseball. Jamison will sign with the Rebels in November.

"I'm excited," he said of his decision. "I went to camps in December and January. Then I visited again, and it was clear-cut."

But other schools had offered the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder. Mississippi State, Tennessee, Memphis, Duke, Southern Mississippi, Arkansas State, and Alabama-Birmingham all wanted Jamison to say yes to them. But Ole Miss had too much going for it in Jamison's opinion.

"They showed me all the baseball facilities there," said Jamison, who wants to be a dentist and who has two sisters attending Ole Miss. "And I got to see the academic side of it, too."

But it's the athletic side that is Jamison's ticket to college as well. He runs a 6.49 in the 60 and a 4.4 in the 40.

"I've always been into sports, and I've always had speed," said Jamison, who also is a pitcher as well as an outfielder. "I think I inherited some of my speed from my dad. I'm just naturally fast. I've run track, and that's helped my speed. It really is just a God-given talent."

"There's no ball I've seen yet that he can't run down," Todd said of his centerfielder. "He owns the gaps. He just makes plays you don't expect a kid to make. He gets really good reads on balls and can fly."

As a pitcher Todd said Jamison is also impressive.

"He's a great pitcher and a great competitor," he said. "When he's on the mound, we've got a real chance to win a ballgame. He's a left-hander with good velocity. He's in the upper 80s with his fast ball. He's got an above-average breaking ball. He's working on a third pitch, a change or a cut. Once he masters a third pitch, he'll go to the next level."

Jamison has a four-seam and a two-seam fast ball. As a 10th grader, he pitched 23.2 innings for ECS with a 3-1 record, and had an eight-strikeout day in one contest. And in the hitting department he wound up with a .391 average with nine doubles, a triple, and a home run, along with 27 RBI.

Jamison has begun to pick up some awards through his sophomore season. Also the quarterback for his high school football team, he was named Best of the Preps in both football and baseball. He was all-metro and all-region in baseball and the athlete of the year for his district in football.

While his resume' is growing as his junior season of high school baseball approaches, it's his speed that is one of the main attractions for college coaches.

"He made great strides between his freshmen and sophomore seasons," said Todd of Jamison, who hit a grand slam in a game last season. "He had some pop in his bat last year, too. He's a gap to gap hitter and won't hit too many bombs. But he hits it too all fields and takes the extra base. He's a threat on the base paths anytime he's on them."

Jamison is the fourth UM commitment for the November signing period, joining LHP/OF Chase Reeves of Hamilton, RHP Hawtin Buchanan of Biloxi, and RHP Chris Ellis of Hoover, Ala.

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