MSU Commit Jacob Shempert Update

Houston (MS) High School class of 2012 member Jacob Shempert, a Mississippi State commitment, talks about how his summer has been going up to this point. Jacob is playing for the Marucci Elite team this summer.

"We have played in Louisiana twice and then I went to Oklahoma (for the Junior Sunbelt Tournament)," said Shempert, who played with the Marucci Elite team in a tournament at Mississippi State this past weekend. "That's about it."

Known as an outstanding hitter, Shempert has continued his torrid hitting this summer.

"I've hit the ball really well (for Marucci)," said Shempert. "I just like to hit. When I hit I don't think about anything. I just see the ball and hit it. It's all about getting your timing while on deck."

Because of his hitting, Marucci's coaches moved him to the leadoff spot this summer.

"I was moved to leadoff and I've being playing a lot of outfield," said Shempert. "(Marucci head coach Chad Raley) told me that I am one of our best hitters right now, so he wanted to move me to leadoff and get me as many at bats as possible."

He's also playing a number of positions for Marucci, including third base, outfield and first base where he played this past weekend.

"The coaches put me everywhere (in the field) and use me as a utility guy I guess," said Shempert. "I don't fee more or less comfortable at any one position; I just go out there and play."

Because of his hitting and his versatility, he was invited to a showcase that only the best of the best were invited to a few weeks ago.

"I went to a Perfect Game Showcase at Ft. Myers," said Jacob Shempert. "I believe it was the Senior National Showcase or something like that. It seemed to be more of a pitching showcase. There were a couple of bats and some really good pitching. I got to see a lot better pitchers than I had been seeing, mostly mid to upper 90s (miles per hour fastballs). I was 2-for-5 against them."

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