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College | Recruiting | 11/15/2021

Head of the Class: No. 4 Mississippi

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Photo: Jackson Ferris (Perfect Game)
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4. Mississippi

Full 2022-2023 Recruiting Class
Head Coach:
 Mike Bianco | Recruiting Coordinator: Carl Lafferty

Top 5 Recruits:

Rk. Name POS. HT WT B-T High School Hometown ST
6  Jackson Ferris LHP 6-4 190 L-L IMG Academy Mount Airy NC
26  Roman Anthony OF 6-3 195 L-R Marjory Stoneman Douglas Parkland FL
88 Jordan Vera RHP 6-3 205 R-R ESB Academy Plantation  FL
115 Mason Morris SS/RHP 6-5 230 R-R Tupelo Tupelo MS
132 Wilburn Furniss 1B 6-4 212 L-L Nacogdoches Nacogdoches TX

*Rk. Denotes National Rank in PG HS Class of 2022

This year’s Ole Miss Rebels class comes in at No. 4 in part because of a trio of Perfect Game All-Americans, as Recruiting Coordinator Carl Lafferty continues to scour the entire country when it comes to finding talent. Of the 16 members, only four hail from the state of Mississippi. Florida and California are next in line, as they each boast three recruits within the Rebels' class.

A pitching-heavy class is led by left-hander Jackson Ferris, as the coaching staff certainly dreams about him pitching on Friday nights for the Rebels. The Mount Airy, N.C. native dominated all spring and summer with his lively mid-90s fastball and power curveball. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder has a durable frame with long levers and plenty of lower half strength. Simply put, Ferris dominated some of the better hitters in the country each time out.

Fellow PG All-American Jordan Vera is another high-octane arm that should garner plenty of innings immediately upon stepping on campus. The Plantation, Fla. native made significant strides in the velocity department over the last calendar year and now works in the 90-94 mph range. He adds an outstanding changeup and usable slider to complete his starter’s array of pitches. Add in an extremely durable 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame and you have someone who should be able to amass a ton of weekend innings within the SEC.

A quartet of right-handers will add depth to pitching corps. Bryce Dolby has an immensely projectable 6-foot-5 frame and has been in the low-90s with his fastball. A high spin, firm curveball and changeup complete the Ashburn, Va. native’s arsenal. Grayson Saunier is another long, lean right-hander that projects to add more velocity as he continues to mature. The Memphis, Tenn. product mostly works in the upper-80s, touching 91 mph with his fastball in previous looks.

A pair of California boys complete the quartet, as Brady Disbro and Sam Tookoian bring low-90s heat and pitchability to the Magnolia State. Look for them to be able to provide innings right away, as they have a full assortment of pitches to navigate a few times through a lineup.

The third Perfect Game All-American headlines the position players for Ole Miss, as Roman Anthony brings his big-time power potential and quick twitch athleticism to Swayze. The Parkland, Fla. native has a knack for hitting better pitching and 2021 was no different, as he had a monster 17U WWBA and homered in the PG All-American scrimmage game. Anthony implores a simple move into contact with a tight turn and plenty of present bat speed. The impact sounds different off Anthony’s bat and he has showcased immense power potential in game action. He should continue to add more strength as he continues to mature, likely dictating which outfield position he ends up at. At present, he has enough speed to man center field, while showing plenty of arm strength to play either of the three long term. He will be an exciting player to watch should he make it to campus, and surely the coaching staff hopes he does.

Mason Morris is another position player in the top-150 of the latest PG Class of 2022 rankings, as the hulking future third baseman brings big-time power and two-way abilities to this class. The Tupelo, Miss. native is agile and athletic for someone his size, as the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder moves well in the dirt and has enough arm strength to man the hot corner long term. At the plate, he incorporates his long levers to whip the barrel through the zone with plenty of present bat speed. The strength at impact stands out, as he stays tight with his hands and delivers the barrel with authority. Add in a fastball that has been up to 93 mph and you have an immensely valuable piece to this class that should provide plenty of highlights on both sides of the ball.

Left-handed hitting Wilburn Furniss rounds out the top-five in terms of where they rank in our most recent Class of 2022 update, as he adds a high-upside bat with plenty of power potential. The Nacogdoches, Texas native stays short and direct with his swing, which allows him to possess a hit/power combo that should make an immediate impact once on campus. Furniss is an able defender at first base, as he moves well laterally and possesses a big arm across the diamond. He has good bloodlines and a knack for hitting good pitching; look for him to make an immediate impact within the lineup once he gets to campus.

This class is one that should provide Coach Bianco and staff an opportunity to get back to Omaha for the first time since 2014. There is plenty of depth and versatility amongst the position guys, but the deep stable of arms potentially coming in could be the difference in staying atop the SEC for years to come.
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