2012 Matt Denny Update

Matt Denny is a Jackson (MS) Academy product who is seeing his stock rise as he plays through a busy summer. A weekend tournament turned several schools' attention his way, and now he has several options as he prepares for his senior season.

Denny, a left-handed pitcher and first baseman, has made the most of his opportunities this summer.

"My summer has been going great, I went to Oklahoma at the beginning of June (for the Junior Sunbelt Classic) and we just ended State Games (of Mississippi) about a week ago," he said.

State Games often gives some of the best in Mississippi an idea of where they stand, along with gaining exposure to schools from around the state. For Denny, the experience challenged him to continue to work hard to get to where he wants to be.

"It was a lot of fun and I met a lot of new guys," said the 6-0, 205 pounder. "I didn't play my best; we got knocked out pretty early. Hunter Devall held us to one run, and another guy had 15 K's and shut us out."

After State Games, it was a tournament out of state that got the ball rolling for his recruitment.

"Since State Games I went and pitched in Oklahoma, and I've been offered by Austin Peay, UAB, Samford, and I've been talking a lot with Ole Miss," he informed us. "Mississippi State and Southern Miss contacted my coaches. The Bulldogs have just talked with my coaches. I've been up there a few times to visit campus, and I love the facilities up there. They have not talked to me directly though."

His main focus this summer will be to work on his pitching mechanics.

"I need to get my velocity up, and worked on my changeup too," said the 2011 Clarion-Ledger All-State selection. "I need to get some more spin on my breaking ball and be able to throw it for strikes. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work on my game this summer."

As for his offensive game, he ended his high school season strong and hopes to continue that into next season.

"I play first base too, and my hitting was great at the end of the season," he said. "I've struggled some this summer but I am going to keep on working. We lost 14 seniors from our team last year, so I know I'll be counted on to be a leader this year. We will have a good group of returning players though. I'll be one of the only seniors but I know we can still make a run in the playoffs."

Matt Denny is looking to be picked up by a summer league team to finish out the summer. He missed the try outs of some teams he was interested in because of the tournament in Oklahoma, one that served him well.

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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 Drewwhite77@gmail.com.

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