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College  | Story  | 11/11/2022

Head of the Class: No. 6 Ole Miss

Jason Phillips     
Photo: Zander Mueth (Perfect Game)
2023 Recruiting Class Rankings | 2023 High School Player Rankings

6. Ole Miss Rebels



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

Top 5 Recruits:

Rank Name Pos. High School Hometown State
28 Zander Mueth RHP Belleville East Swansea Illinois
36 Cooper Pratt SS Magnolia Heights Oxford Mississippi
68 Campbell Smithwick C Oxford Oxford Mississippi
72 Josh Knoth RHP Patchogue-Medford Medford New York
84 Wesley Mendes LHP Tampa Jesuit Tampa Florida



The Rebels won the 2022 national championship and that did not stop them from hitting the recruiting trail hard with the No. 6 ranked recruiting class in the 2023 PG College rankings. Coach Bianco and his staff have 19 commits, with five appearing in the PG top-100 rankings. Ole Miss won the national title behind great pitching and timely hitting, and their recruiting process conveys that same winning formula. Eleven of their 19 commits are pitchers, with nine right-handers and a pair of left-handers, led by 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher Zander Mueth and left-handed pitcher Wesley Mendes, the No. 28 and No. 84 ranked players in the country. Mueth is a 2022 PG All-American from Swansea, Illinois with a swing-and-miss arsenal and top-of-the-rotation repertoire.

Good teams and programs are always strong up the middle, and this class reflects that with three shortstop commits, led by hometown 2022 PG All-American Classic player Cooper Pratt. The Rebels did not have to go far to find their future backstop, with the No. 68 ranked player and No. 1 catcher in Mississippi in Campbell Smithwick from Oxford High School. The state of Mississippi is littered with baseball talent and Ole Miss likes to keep the talent in-house with nine in-state commits. The Rebels also reached far and wide, with commits from as far as Medford, New York in right-handed pitcher Josh Knoth, to right-handed pitcher Traig Oughton from Sun City West, Arizona.