Bousfield commits to Rebels

Auston Bousfield is having a successful junior season in high school baseball. He's also made his college choice this spring season as well.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound outfielder from West Orange High in Orlando, Fla., committed to Ole Miss just a few days ago. He won't turn 17 until July 5, but in November he will ink with the Rebels to arrive at Ole Miss for the fall of 2011.

"I just felt really comfortable there," said Bousfield, expressing the sentiment of many who choose Ole Miss to play baseball. "The baseball facilities and the campus were great. And I got along with the coaches well."

There were other aspects that attracted him to Ole Miss.

"I like how they seem focused on academics and grades, and they make sure there are tutors that help you," said the son of Carl and Sherri Bousfield.

He has yet to choose a major, but at 16, there's obviously still plenty of time.

What he is focused on is improving his baseball skills. His summers are spent with the Orlando Scorpions where other Ole Miss commitments or signees have played, like Casey Mulholland, Will Allen, and Austin Anderson.

"I want to work on my hitting and be able to hit more consistently and with more power," said Bousfield, who is batting .400 for WOHS this season with a home run, four doubles, and three triples, along with 14 stolen bases. "Speed is probably my best asset, along with my defense."

Bousfield has been clocked at 6.7 to 6.8 in the 60. He can play all three outfield positions, and he's also a right-handed pitcher, mainly a closer for his team.

Bousfield considered Florida, Central Florida, and Clemson, in addition to Ole Miss.

He has been a starter at the varsity level at West Orange, a Class 6A school, since making the team as a freshman. He was on the school's first team to win district titles in 2008 and again in 2009.

He received a waiver from USA Baseball. He's currently ranked No. 33 in the nation from Prospect Wire and No. 30 in the state of Florida by Perfect Game.

Bousfield has been nominated for the 2010 Tournament of the Stars in Cary, N.C., and also nominated for the 2010 AFLAC/All-American Team.

As a member of the Orlando Scorpions, the team won the 2009 PG/WWBA Underclass World Championship.

Bousfield has been invited and attended the 2009 Junior National Showcase held in the Metrodome in Minnesota and holds the record for the strongest arm there. His throws from the outfield were clocked there at 95 mph.

He has also been invited and will attend the 2010 National Showcase at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay.

As you can see, Bousfield is an accomplished player already. But he wants to keep improving in the months and years ahead.

"I'm looking forward to becoming an even better player," Bousfield said. "And I'm excited about playing at Ole Miss."

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