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Cade to Louisville, Cooper to Ole Miss

When comparing his background as a Mississippi State University graduate to the college choice of Jordan Cooper, that of MSU rival Ole Miss, Tommy Pharr let out a big laugh.

But the Farragut High School Baseball head coach is fully on board with the choice of Cooper, one of Tennessee's top left-handed high school pitchers and All-Region 2-AAA honoree.

Cooper joins Cade Stallings, FHS All-state third baseman, as two Admirals with a future college home picked out. Stallings has chosen Louisville of the Big East Conference.

“I think Cade will do a great job. I think he'll have a chance to go in there and start as a freshman,” Pharr said. “Obviously he's a good hitter with power. There aren't many kids around that have his type of power.

“He's also a good defensive player,” Pharr added. “I think that's overlooked sometimes because he's such a big guy. Has good feet, good hands. An exceptional fielder at third base.”

Cooper and Stallings can make their choices official with the signing period in November.

“Jordan's a left-handed pitcher with arm strength, and that in and of itself is a big thing,” Pharr said. “He has good command of his fastball and good movement on his fastball.

“His off-speed pitches have continued to improve,” Pharr added. “His stuff, as far as the quality of his pitches, is going to be good enough to give him an opportunity to pitch in the S-E-C.”

Despite his choice of Ole Miss, “Jordan's been an L-S-U fan forever,” Pharr said. “[Ole Miss] Coach [Mike] Bianco played at L-S-U and coached there, so I think that was a draw to him.”


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