Yes, it's Ole Miss

Chase Nyman

Chase Nyman chose Ole Miss this week for baseball. Other schools never had much of a chance.

That's because Ole Miss is where Nyman wanted to play all along. And it's also because he felt it was a place that wanted him as well.

"Ole Miss has been on me for a while. I've been waiting on an offer (from Ole Miss)," Nyman said. "It's a relief to have it over with. Now I know I'm going to play college baseball and where I'm going to play."

Nyman, who also was recruited by instate schools Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi and nearby South Alabama, said Ole Miss stood alone.

"The facilities there are awesome," he said. "I've had a good relationship with Coach (Carl) Lafferty for a pretty good while. I've been up there and visited and talked to all the coaches."

Nyman is a shortstop for Pascagoula High School who played second base last summer for Merucci Elite, a program out of Louisiana where a lot of future college players hone their skills. He also has played some third base. He plans to play with Merucci again this summer.

His credentials are strong. So are his stats.

The 6-foot, 180-pound junior is currently batting .490 for Pascagoula High with three doubles, a triple, and a home run. His team is 7-1 so far this season.

Rebel football signee and PHS center fielder Senquez Golson is a teammate. Golson should be an early-round pick in this June's baseball draft. Nyman said he believes Golson will attend Ole Miss.

"I've been up there with Senquez a couple of times," he said. "Honestly, (a major league franchise) will have to give a lot of money to get him because he's in love with Ole Miss. He's talking about getting an apartment together his second year up there. I actually pick him up for school, so we're good friends."

Nyman said Golson's decision to attend Ole Miss was significant to him, as well as others choosing the Rebels, like baseball commitment Zach Irwin of Madison Central and baseball signee Chase Reeves of Hamilton. He knows both from playing with Merucci Elite.

One of the first people Nyman called after his commitment this week is another current Rebel baseball signee, Hawtin Buchanan of Biloxi.

Nyman, who participated in a Baseball Factory Showcase which helped get word of his talents to the masses, has made several visits to Ole Miss, including last season's Tennessee series over Easter weekend and also for a winter baseball camp this January.

Nyman said he will focus on all aspects of his game to improve before joining the ranks of Division I and Southeastern Conference players in the fall of 2012.

"I guess my strength now is swinging the bat," Nyman said. "I need to work on my arm strength and work on a little bit of range."

Perfect Game USA said this about him.

"Nyman has a strong physical build with good upper body strength. Good defensive setup. Good hands and feet and is smooth to the ball, clean transfer and release and makes on target throws to first base. Aggressive approach and swing at the plate, gets a good coil and has bat speed. He has juice in his bat and makes hard contact to the pull side. Bat gets through the zone well, and his swing is surprisingly compact for a player with his size and strength. Good student. Named to Top Prospect Team."

Nyman said his commitment to Ole Miss is secure.

"There may be some other schools," Nyman said of those who still could call, "but I'm not interested in them."

For sure that's the case, now that he has committed to the school he wanted to all along.

"Ole Miss is a really great program that's knocking on the door to go to the World Series," Nyman said. "They're in the NCAA Regionals every year. They compete. They play hard. They bring in good players."

Like Chase Nyman, the latest from the baseball diamonds of Mississippi to say yes to the Ole Miss Rebels.

Others in the Class of 2012 who have committed to Ole Miss baseball are right-handed pitcher Brady Bramlett of Arlington, Tenn.; left-handed pitcher Zach Irwin of Madison Central; right-handed pitcher Taylor Wallace of Little Rock, Ark.; and outfielder Cameron Dishon of Bridge City, Texas.

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