The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Cox chose Mississippi State over interest from Ole Miss (where he was to visit next weekend), Southern Miss, Shelton State Community College and Meridian Community College.
As a junior, Cox was 13-1 with a 0.72 era while garnering all-state honors. He had 142 strikeouts while walking just 11 in 96 innings of work. Cox throws his fastball in the 88-90mph range and has a slider, curve and changeup.
He explained what it was about Mississippi State that led him to commit when he did.
"(I like) all of the coaches (and) I really like (Assistant) Coach (Butch) Thompson a lot and he's from my hometown," said Cox. "I know a lot of the players as well. I love the campus and the atmosphere at football games."
Helping the Bulldogs get back to Omaha was another factor that led him to commit.
"Mississippi State is loading up right now," he said. "These next couple years we are going to really prove some people wrong I think. That was the big thing - I want to get to Omaha and win a College World Series and I feel like this is the best place I can do that."
Will Cox is Mississippi State's seventh commitment of the 2011 graduating class. The others are Tyler Fullerton, a 5-10, 155 OF who plays for Siegel High School in Mufreesboro, TN, Jonathan Holder, a 6-3, 215 RHP/1B who plays for Gulfport (MS) High School, Phillip Casey, a 6-1, 170 SS who plays for Clements High School in Sugar Land, TX, Brandon Woodruff, a 6-4, 215 OF/RHP from Wheeler (MS) High School, Trevor Fitts, a 6-2, 190-pound RHP from Pelham (AL) High School, and Jacob Lindgren, a 6-0, 180 LHP/OF who plays for St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis, MS.
Edward Joe is a writer for MississippiHardball.com, an independent website that covers Mississippi baseball, including high school, junior college and travel team ball. You can contact him by emailing email@example.com.