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College  | Recruiting  | 11/15/2023

Head of the Class: No. 5 Mississippi

No. 5 Mississippi Rebels



Full 2024 Recruiting Class



Head Coach: Mike Bianco | Recruiting Coordinator: Carl Lafferty
Total Commitments: 18 | Top 100 Commits: 4

Top 5 Recruits

RK Name Pos.  HT  WT B-T High School Hometown ST
14 Owen Paino SS 6-3 205 L-R Roy C Ketcham Poughkeepsie NY
16 Slade Caldwell OF 5-9 172 L-L Valley View Jonesboro AR
63 Kaiden Lopez OF/RHP 6-0 190 R-R Oviedo Orlando FL
73 Ethan Surowiec 3B 6-2 215 R-R Gulfport Gulfport MS
106 Cade Townsend RHP 6-2 180 R-R Santa Margarita Catholic Aliso Viejo CA


The Rebels have put together their second top-five recruiting class in the last three years. The class has a good mix of arms and bats with eleven bats and seven arms. Coach Bianco and staff have done a great job of getting some of the most talented players across the country and that shows with twelve of the eighteen commitments being ranked inside the top-400.

The trio of Owen Paino, Slade Caldwell, and Kaiden Lopez gives the Rebels a trifecta of PG All-Americans that headline the class. All three are ranked inside the top-70 in the country, bringing some loud tools to Oxford. Paino and Caldwell are two of the top position players and left-handed bats in the country with both having the ability to make an impact the second they step on campus. Lopez is one of the top two-way talents in the country, already into the mid-90s on the mound and can really hit.

Adding to the position player group, third baseman Ethan Surowiec, is yet another top-75 prospect that brings a bunch of tools to the table. California native Cade Townsend headlines the staff on the mound and brings some loud arm speed to the table, already working into the mid-90s. The Rebels dipped into Georgia and Florida to land some of the top players in each state including newly reclassed outfielder Jackson Miller and a trio of Georgia products in Owen Hancock, Tate Sirmans, and Cooper Johnson.

Overall, the class has players from 10 different states, showing the ability to go get top talent from anywhere in the country and bring them to Oxford. Top-to-bottom this class is littered with players that have a chance to make an impact on the Rebels success the second they step on campus.