Class of 2012 Daniel Sweet's Big Summer

Northwest Rankin's class of 2013 Reid Humphreys has already made a commitment to a big-time program, and now his teammate class of 2012 Daniel Sweet is hoping he can land an offer as well. The outfielder is having a solid summer and talks about his options heading into his senior season.

"I have been playing with Northwest Rankin's summer team and doing a lot of working out," Sweet said. "Soon I am going to finish the summer with the East Coast Grays. We will be playing in a lot of tournaments and traveling quite a bit."

Sweet is in the class of 2012, so he knows he is down to the wire when it comes to his high school playing days.

"There is a lot of urgency to my game right now, because I know next year is it; I've only got one more shot," he said. "I know the coach really needs one too, so we want to win one for him."

Northwest Rankin is ready for a big season with a lot of talent coming back from last year's playoff run.

"I know for sure that (2013 MSU commitment) Reid Humphreys will be a great player for us; he is quite a leader and great player," he said. "We lost four seniors so we have a lot coming back and we know that it is our time to lead."

Sweet is a player who can be counted on to put the team first.

"My role is to do anything that coach needs me to do the best I can do it," he said. "I have been working on my base running especially. I know the expectations are high, and coach expects me to bring my A game and be a leader. He really expects a lot out of his seniors."

The outfielder is taking his time in recruiting. So far, he has heard from several junior colleges but he knows that hard work will eventually allow him to be noticed by some bigger programs.

"I've gotten a few calls from Hinds and Northwestern Louisiana," he said. "I plan on getting a lot more looks the rest of this summer and into my senior season. It is exciting to think about."

If he had his choice, what schools would be at the top of his list?

"Mississippi State has my interest, and I am looking at a lot of colleges in Florida or somewhere like UAB in Alabama," he said. "I also am looking at a few colleges in California because I have family from there. It is wide open for me though."

His connections with Mississippi State, along with his visits to camps there put the Bulldogs as one he is hoping to get an offer from.

"I have a really good friend there, Taylor Stark," he said. "I'd love to play beside him because he was always there to help me in high school. They have a great workout facility. I was real impressed with their schedule, it seemed to be just working hard in school and working out for baseball. The coach is very serious about what he wants to do and I really like that."

Drew White is a recruiting writer for the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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