2012 Jordan Stark Update

Northwest Rankin High School senior Jordan Stark is willing to do whatever it takes to play at the next level. He is already receiving some interest from some in-state junior colleges, but his hope is that he can continue playing at a school where he already has some connections.

Stark, a senior first baseman, has been playing games for his school this summer as well as making a recent trip to play in the State Games of Mississippi. There, he played against the very best in Mississippi, and it was a very beneficial time for him.

"State Games gave me a great look at what college is going to be like because every player there will probably play at the next level," he said. "We also got to see some of the best pitching in the state like Hunter Devall, who is going to LSU, and another pitcher had 15 K's against us. It just gave me a good look at where I stand and what I still need to do to improve my own game."

He has talked to some quality in state junior colleges, and he is starting to develop some options after he finishes his senior season.

"I have talked to Hinds a couple of times, and the Meridian coach has talked to me before a game," he said.

However, he made it very clear he would love to play for Mississippi State and head coach John Cohen.

"I love Mississippi State, everybody wants to go there, and I know I just need to keep working hard and maybe I'll have a chance to go there," he said. "The coaches tell me to keep working hard and maybe I'll have a chance to go there. I am always up there for the baseball games and all the sporting events there."

His connections to the Bulldogs run deep because of his brother, Taylor, a current player for MSU.

He has nothing but good things to say about Mississippi State.

"Coach Cohen is doing a great thing by making everyone believe in his hitting plan and also in his program," he said. "He has given everyone a fresh start in this program; he is rebuilding everything and is really getting some great players in there. Each recruiting class that comes through is getting better and better. No one expected them to do anything this year; they were predicted last in the SEC West and were only a couple of outs from the College World Series."

Though he hasn't received an offer from them at this point, he knows what he needs to improve on to get to where he wants to go.

"I need to work on my power with the bat," he said. "My average is good, but I need to try and drive the ball to the gaps and over the wall more."

He'll have plenty of opportunities to impress on what should be a solid team from Northwest Rankin next season. And Jordan Stark hopes to be one of the leaders of this team.

"We only lost two major players from last year's team, so we have all our good players back. State commit Reid Humphreys will be back, so we look to be very tough next year."

Drew White is a recruiting writer for the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing andrewlawrencew@hotmail.com.

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