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October 12, 2010

California lefty visits Ole Miss, will visit Miami

Dylan Chavez is searching for an opportunity.

The 6-foot-3, left-handed pitcher played his freshman season at St. Mary's College but transferred to American River College after just one year with the Gaels. Following this season, he'll move again, back to the Division-I level and to a school that can give him a chance at several of his goals.

Chavez doesn't know his destination, but he knows the possibilities. He's also sure of what he's looking for.

"It sounds simple, really," Chavez said. "I want to be around great coaches, a great strength and conditioning program, and I want the chance to go to Omaha (College World Series)."

The Sacramento, Calif., native left St. Mary's in search of more innings on the mound, and his current list of suitors spans the entire country. Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, Miami and Arizona State are the schools Chavez mentioned.

Chavez visited Ole Miss last weekend, and the Southeastern Conference school received high marks. The Rebels have had success with California junior colleges. RJ Hively is on the current roster from Santa Ana College, and former starting shortstop Kevin Mort was a late signee out of Rio Hondo Community College.

"It was an absolutely excellent trip," Chavez said. "They showed me some cool things and was able to meet the coaches. It's a great program with great facilities, and they made me a great offer."

Ole Miss spotted Chavez at a junior college showcase in Sacramento earlier this month, and the relationship has moved quickly.

"It's been a lot of fun dealing with Ole Miss," Chavez said.

Chavez will visit Miami Thursday-to-Saturday and then further evaluate his recruitment. Other trips are possible, but the dates and locations aren't yet scheduled.

"I know Miami is a great program, so I'm excited to see it," Chavez said. "I don't really have a timetable. Just when I have all my questions answered."

Chavez throws two-seam and four-seam fastballs between 88-91 mph. He also has a three-finger change-up, a slider, and is working on a cutter.

At St. Mary's, Chavez appeared in 18 games with a 1-1 record and 6.15 ERA. The lone win came against nationally ranked UC Irvine. Chavez also struck out four Southern Miss hitters in two innings on April 3 in Hattiesburg, Miss.

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