Need to catch y’all up on a handful of things this afternoon. First off, I just filed a story on Chris Stratton and Kirk Presley, the latter a former Tupelo High School pitcher who was drafted in the first round by the New York Mets in 1993. So you can already see the connection, but it goes deeper than that. Check tomorrow’s Journal.
• Speaking of Stratton, the San Francisco draftee did not make the final cut for the Golden Spikes Award (CLICK HERE). The three finalists announced today are Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, N.C. State pitcher Carlos Rodon and Florida catcher Mike Zunino. The winner will be announced July 6.
• Defensive lineman Nick James (6-foot-5, 320 pounds) of Long Beach has enrolled at MSU, the school announced today. That makes 20 signees to have arrived on campus this week. The only three yet to make it: ATH Kivon Coman, RB Xavier Grindle and WR Artimas Samuel.
James made 62 tackles, 6.0 tackles-for-loss and a sack as a senior. He was dismissed from the team before the season ended.
• MSU has also added a preferred walk-on of note, quarterback Jamil Golden of Memphis Rideway. Bulldawgs247.com reports that Golden had offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Memphis and Vanderbilt, among others. That would give MSU four QBs on roster for sure; it signed Nick Schuessler out of Georgia and returns Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott.
• If you didn’t catch it earlier, you can read my baseball season obit (don’t be offended, that’s just journalism parlance) from today’s Journal (CLICK HERE).
• I’ll be in at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo tonight to take in the next stop of MSU’s Our State Tour. I’ll speak with Dan Mullen and Rick Ray, among others. Got any (reasonable) questions for them you want me to ask?