Tuesday, November 21, 2006

They Keep Coming

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss added a pair of right-handed pitchers and a catcher/outfielder to its signing class as David Goforth, Josh Thomason and Tyler Wells all signed letters of intent to play for the Rebels, head coach Mike Bianco announced on Tuesday.

Goforth, a right-handed pitcher from Neshoba Central High School, was named first team All-Conference as a junior and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player as he led Neshoba Central to a 17-10 record and its first appearance in the state playoffs since 1999.

As a junior, Goforth posted a 7-2 record on the mound as he struck out 82 batters in 56.0 innings of work with a 1.97 ERA. The right-hander also had a solid season at the plate as he hit .322 with seven home runs, nine doubles and 28 RBI on the season.

Josh Thomason comes to Ole Miss from Lafayette High School after helping lead the Commodores to the 2006 State Championship on the mound and at the plate. The right-handed pitcher posted a 3-1 record with one save while holding opponents to a .179 batting average. He also posted 56 strikeouts and a 3.78 ERA in 29.2 innings of work.

At the plate, Thomason hit .307 with seven home runs. Thomason tallied 33 RBI with 10 doubles and a triple. He has played infield and outfield in addition to his time on the mound.

Tyler Wells signed with Ole Miss from Vicksburg High School and continues a line of athletes from the Gator program that includes current brothers Justin and Jordan Henry.

Wells played a variety of positions for the Gators as he logged time behind the plate, in the infield and outfield. He hit .417 last season, second on the team behind current Rebel Jordan Henry, while leading the team with 28 RBI. He also posted four home runs and nine doubles as he helped Vicksburg to the advance to the state playoffs for Class 5A.