HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi fortified its future baseball rosters, signing a dozen players for 2021 baseball season during the early signing period.
The Golden Eagles announced nine players Wednesday and named three more Thursday morning.
The Golden Eagles brought in six position players and six pitchers, including outfielder Slade Wilks from Columbia Academy, outfielder Reece Ewing from Pearl River Community College and catcher prospect Blake Johnson of Gulfport, who played last spring at Jones College after transferring from Tulane.
Wilks and Johnson were among five signees who played their high school baseball in Mississippi, including Vancleave outfielder Carson Paetow, Madison Central left-hander Justin Storm and Northwest Rankin right-handed pitcher Garrett Ramsey.
Like Johnson Ewing, Ramsey arrives at USM with junior-college experience, having played as a freshman at Hinds Community College.
Johnson, Ewing and Ramsey were among five junior college players, including utility man Chris Sargent of Coastal Alabama Community College and right-handed pitcher Jordan Armstrong of Chatahoochee Community College.
The Golden Eagles also brought in a trio of Louisiana prep products, including right-handed pitchers Will Tynes from Bossier City, La., and Tanner Hall from Zachary, La., and first baseman/outfielder Michael Latulas of New Iberia, La.
A high school pitching prospect from Georgia came aboard as well, right-hander Hurston Waldrep from Thomasville, Ga.