2013 Jacob Billingsley Update

Magnolia Heights baseball player Jacob Billingsley, a member of the Mississippi class of 2013, talks about his game and recruiting.

A sound approach to hitting is one of Billingsley's strengths on the diamond.

"I like hitting away," said Billingsley. "Usually, when the ball is thrown away young guys try to pull the ball. I've been working with a couple of guys at Northwest (CC) on that. And in the field my glove is usually pretty good. A couple of scouts that I have talked to said that my arm is pretty good for my age."

He's working hard on a couple other aspects of his game.

"I'm definitely working on my speed and my strength," said Billingsley, who made the prestigious 2011 State Games as a member of the District 2 team. "I ran a 4.7 in the forty this year. The fastest I have ever run the 60 in is 6.9. I would like to get both down."

Billingsley is also a very good athlete who plays three sports.

"I play football and basketball at Magnolia Heights," said the 6-1, 180-pounder. "In football it really depends on what set we are in; I play quarterback, running back, receiver. On defense, I play free safety and strong safety."

Although a three-sport athlete, his true love is baseball.

"Baseball is my favorite," said Billingsley, who plays in the infield and pitches. "It's been my favorite my entire life."

As for recruiting, he's currently running under the radar.

"I haven't received any attention from colleges other than a community college, Northwest (MS CC), and I've also talked to Delta State," said the youngster. "They've sent me a letter to come to their camp. I have also been to three Southern Miss camps, and I've been going to Mississippi State's camps since I could walk."

Although he's wide open to any college, one college is his dream school.

"I am wide open when it comes to colleges; I would play anywhere, but Mississippi State has always been my favorite college," said Jacob Billingsley. "I know that is a pretty big team to play for, though."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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