Bobby Wahl, the MLB draft and football recruiting …
The big thing Ole Miss needed to do with this draft was get through it without getting ravaged like it did last year with signees leaving. From a signing class that really could have helped, three were drafted in the first round and two more left for other reasons.
This time Ole Miss had juco pitcher Cody Reed taken with the 46th pick. He’s likely lost. But the Rebels appear to have done very well with the rest of their signees.
Infielder Errol Robinson and outfielder-LHP Evan Anderson, both rated top 150 players, did not get drafted.
Infielder Dalton Dulin and outfielder J.B. Woodman, two more top 150 players, did get drafted but probably not in a position to make them skip college. I throw that probably in there, because when pro sports and uncerclassmen are concerned you just never know. Dulin went with the 1,081st pick, Woodman the 1,196th.
Woodman was on Twitter Friday talking about his excitement to attend Ole Miss:
Excited to be playing in the best atmosphere in college baseball next year! God has truly blessed me with a wonderful opportunity! #RebsBSB
Bobby Wahl, Stuart Turner, Mike Mayers, Brett Huber and Tanner Bailey were the current Ole Miss players to be drafted.
As Wahl slipped to the fifth round to Oakland there was immediate speculation — and rightfully so — that he may return for his senior season. Wahl immediately responded to that question by saying he was “considering” a return to Ole Miss but gave the politically correct answer in saying he would have considered that return if he’d have been drafted in the first 10 picks. The gist there is that Ole Miss is a special place, and you would always have to consider returning as an option.
Here’s the deal. I suspect Wahl will give strong consideration to coming back, but my guess is he’ll go. If he returns — and if he plays his way into the first round of next year’s draft — he could gain almost $1.4 million in bonus money based on the assigned values of picks this year. That’s a lot of money, but there are no guarantees if you return, no guarantees that you’ll stay healthy for a year, no guarantees that you’ll perform the same way. The dollar figure, though, is enough to make anyone think long and hard about their available options.
Tanner Mathis, who returned to Ole Miss after being drafted by the Astros in 2012, did not get drafted.
This from Mathis on Twitter: I still wouldn’t have done it any other way! I don’t regret my decision last year AT ALL! God bless you all, Rebel Nation! …
This weekend the Rebels have hosted the 7-on-7 passing camp, and they’ve picked up commitments from athletic Bassfield twins Alvin and Calvin Moore and Olive Branch linebacker Alfred Dickens, as reported by Rivals and Scout.
Alvin Moore is listed as a linebacker, Calvin Moore as an athlete.
OleMiss also picked up a commitment for the 2016 class from Oxford’s Dekaylin Metcalf, an athlete, the son of former Ole Miss offensive lineman Terrance Metcalf.
The three 2014 commitments bring the total to 13. Rivals ranks the class No. 13 nationally, which would make it fifth in the SEC.
Scout ranks the class No. 15.
Junior college running back Akeem Judd is expected to make an announcement today, and Ole Miss appears to be in good shape with Judd.