Trying to decide which college to commit to was like solving a riddle for Dutchtown High pitcher Jacob Waguespack.
Was there a way for the 6-foot-4 right-hander to feel like he was at home without actually staying home?
Waguespack, a DHS senior-to-be, said committing to Ole Miss gives him exactly what he wants. But the decision was a tough one - the other finalist was LSU.
“I feel like I really need to get away from home for college,” Waguespack said. “When I visited Ole Miss, I felt like I was right at home. The city is small, and I liked the campus. I was comfortable there.
“When I left, I knew it (Ole Miss) was a place I’d like to go to get my degree whether I was playing baseball or not.”
Waguespack becomes the third Louisiana player to commit to the Rebels for coach Mike Bianco for 2011-12 and plans to sign during the NCAA’s early signing period.
Ole Miss’ other Louisiana commitments are Acadiana High catcher Stryker Trahan and Barbe-Lake Charles shortstop Gavin Cechinni.
As a junior, Waguespack compiled an 8-0 record for the Griffins, who advanced to the second round of the Class 5A tourney. The 175-pounder also plays third base.
“It was a tough decision for him,” Dutchtown coach Chris Schexnaydre said. “He had two outstanding choices and he’s the kind of kid who will fit in whereever he goes.
“Jacob is a great kid and with his size and make-up, I know colleges see a lot of potential in him.
“Having Jacob recruited by programs like Ole Miss and LSU is big for our program.”
Waguespack in currently in Lakeland, Fla., for the East Coast Pro Showcase for high school players. He is part of a Kansas City Royals squad that also includes Trahan, Cecchini and two local pitchers from Parkview Baptist, LSU commitment Russell Reynolds and Auburn commitment Colin Rodgers.