UAM baseball signs six players

Arkansas-Monticello head baseball coach Carlos James recently announced the signing of four high school players and two junior college transfers in the early signing period.

Justin Hollis, Keenan Jumper, Coda Medlin, and Ross Wilson all recently signed national letters of intent out of high school as a part of the 2010 recruiting class. They're joined by JUCO standouts Ronnie Ferrell and Brock Landry.

"This group coincides with our determination and effort in building a championship program," James said. "These are talented players and quality students that come from winning programs who have the ability to elevate UAM baseball to the upper echelon of the (Gulf South Conference)."

Hollis (5-9, 160) is a center fielder from Arlington High School in Arlington, Tenn., where he helped lead the Tigers to a regional and sectional runner-up finish in 2009. Hollis had a .326 batting average with a .474 on-base percentage and picked up 22 runs batted in, 22 walks and 10 stolen bases along the way.

"Justin is an athletic player who comes from a winning program in one of the most competitive regions in the state of Tennessee," UAM assistant coach Marc MacMillan said. "He is one of the fastest runners in the Mid-South from home to first and is a talented outfielder with excellent range."

Jumper (5-10, 175), a catcher from Wynne, was an all-conference selection in 2009. Jumper hit .366 with a .600 OBP, totaling eight doubles and 24 runs scored.

"Keenan is a hard-working, talented player from right here in Arkansas," MacMillan said. "He is a switch-hitting catcher who I have seen play since the fall of 2008. We feel we got one of the top catchers in eastern Arkansas who will be a great fit in our program."

Medlin (6-3, 190), a right-handed pitcher, comes to UAM from Magnolia Heights in Senatobia, Miss. In 2009, Magnolia Heights went 28-6 and won the MPSA District II AAA State Championship. Medlin went 2-0 in almost 30 innings pitched, while recording 22 strikeouts and finishing the year with a 3.91 earned run average.

"Coda is a talented arm from Mississippi who comes from a state championship program," MacMillan said. "He is a young, big pitcher with upside that Coach James and I feel is a solid addition to our current freshmen arms."

Wilson (5-9, 150) is a shortstop from Germantown High School in Germantown, Tenn. GHS went 23-10 in 2009, while Wilson hit .344 with nine doubles, one triple, 30 runs scored, 22 RBI and 13 stolen bases.

"In our opinion, Ross is the top shortstop in the Mid-South. He comes from a program with a great tradition of baseball success," MacMillan said. "He is a vacuum up the middle defensively who also switch hits, plus has excellent speed and base running instincts."

Ferrell (5-11, 190) is currently a sophomore at Northwest Mississippi Community College. He made an immediate impact for the Rangers as a freshman, helping the squad to a 26-16 overall record and third place finish in the MAJC North Division. He started in 32 games and had a .339 batting average with five doubles, two home runs, and 10 stolen bases.

Ferrell played his prep career at Water Valley High School in Water Valley, Miss., where he hit .551 with three home runs, 46 runs batted in and 16 stolen bases his senior year. He was a three-time all-district selection and was named most valuable player of the Mississippi Crossroads Classic.

"Ronnie comes from an excellent program at Northwest under Mark Carson and Bill Selby," MacMillan said. "He plays the game the way it should be played and is a hard-nosed, versatile outfielder who can play all three positions. Offensively, he is going to put pressure on the defense while at the same time put up multiple extra base hits. Ronnie brings an attitude, hustle and style of play that Coach James and I want as a part of this program."

Landry (5-9, 160) is a sophomore at Jones County Junior College, where he was a part of the 2009 team that set the school record for victories, posting a 36-16 mark and qualifying for the MACJC playoffs. In that season, he hit .312 with eight doubles, two home runs, 23 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Landry played his prep career at H.L. Bourgeois High School in Gray, La.

"Brock is a hard-nosed, gritty and talented shortstop that will give us some stability at one of the most important positions on the infield," James said. "He has a great feel and passion for the game and will be a great leader and mentor to our younger infielders. Brock will provide a huge amount of energy to this program and is no stranger to hard work."

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