Daniel Garner Commits to MSU

Sparkman (AL) High School junior catcher Daniel Garner has committed to Mississippi State over recruiting interest from over 40 college baseball programs.

"I committed to Mississippi State (Saturday) afternoon," said Garner, who chose Mississippi State over his two other finalists, Alabama and Ole Miss. "I told (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen. He was happy. We were both real happy."

He explained why Mississippi State won out over numerous other colleges.

"They have one of the best baseball programs in the nation," said the 6-1, 200-pounder. "And they a great coaching staff and great facilities."

But one thing really stood out to him about Mississippi State.

"I really felt like they wanted me at Mississippi State," said Garner, who has attended John Cohen hitting camps since he was in the 5th grade. "I felt like all the coaches wanted me. And I wanted to go somewhere where I was most wanted. That's why I made my decision to go to Mississippi State."

Although his final list included three teams, it really came down to two.

"For me, it was always going to be between Mississippi State or Alabama," said Garner. "They are both close to home. I have always been an Alabama fan, so that's what kept Alabama in it. But I really loved the coaching staff at Mississippi State, and their facilities and their entire baseball program."

While Mississippi State ultimately won out for his commitment, it appears he would have had a chance to go just about anywhere in the nation.

"September 1st was when I could start receiving personal notes (from college coaches)," said Garner. "Since September 1st, every time I come home from school I have at least one letter from a college. It's pretty cool. I've gotten letters from something like 40 different schools. I've gotten some from places like Virginia, Florida, USC, UCLA, Cal-State Fullerton, places like that."

If you are wondering why so many of the nation's top programs were recruiting him, it's very simply - true raw power.

"The coaches say that I have raw power and that they don't think the new bats will affect the guys with true power (like me)," said Garner, who won the 16U home run derby at the Perfect Game 16U BCS Finals which was held at the Boston Red Sox training camp in Ft. Myers this past summer. "And they say that I am a good catcher."

Daniel Garner is Mississippi State's second commitment for the class of 2012, joining Houston (MS) High School's Jacob Shempert.

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