When did you commit to Mississippi State?
"I committed to (head) Coach (John) Cohen and (assistant) Coach (Lane) Burroughs Tuesday of this week."
What were some things you liked about Mississippi State, maybe four or five specific things you liked about them?
"The first thing that really stuck out to me was how nice and how much Coach Burroughs really wanted me. He really made me feel that it would be a great place to go to. And Coach (John) Cohen was the same way. I would say that was the number 1 thing. And I thought the facilities were second to none. The stadium was awesome. And my dad and I thought the academic facilities were really nice. Those could definitely help me on the academic side of things. I liked where the school is located. And Mississippi State being in the SEC was a huge part of it. Why wouldn't you want to compete in the best conference if you get the change?"
Did you know much about Mississippi State beforehand?
"I had heard when I was 14 or 15-years-old that Mississippi State may be one of the schools that I would have an opportunity to go to. Right then and there I thought that might be a place for me. My dad went to Arkansas and ran track there. He was a track runner for them. He played a lot of sports in high school but track was his thing. Actually, my whole family lives in the south, mostly in Little Rock, Arkansas. So, hopefully, they will be able to come see me play."
How did Mississippi State find out about you?
"Coach Burroughs saw me playing a few years ago in Memphis (TN) when I was a freshman and I was playing on the 18U Rawlings Prospects team. I guess he must have put a little check mark by my name to come see me play. And over the winter I marked down some of my top schools and Mississippi State was right up there due to their facilities, where they are located and being in the SEC. (Coach Burroughs) came to Memphis again this year. I guess he liked what he saw. Then, I went down there the 4th of July and I loved it."
What schools did you consider other than Mississippi State?
"I was offered by Wichita State, Oklahoma State and Missouri. I considered those schools, obviously, and I also considered Nebraska, TCU and Arizona. But I didn't have offers from those schools. They wanted me to come down for a visit but I didn't feel like I needed to because Mississippi State kind of stood out to me after I went down there. I kind of knew that was what I wanted to do even though it's a little far away. I just felt it was the perfect fit for me."
What are your strengths as a ball player?
"My strength is definitely my athleticism. And I feel like I'm a pretty good runner. I could get faster but I definitely think that is one of my main strengths. I run a 6.6 (seconds 60-yard dash). I have a decent arm but it could get better. I love to swing the bat. That is kind of my favorite thing to do. But there is always improvement to be made."
You bat left. What side do you throw from and what positions do you play?
"I throw righty. I play shortstop, third, second, middle infield."
You have great speed and stole 25 bases this past season. Would you say you are a great base stealer who reads pitchers well or do you do it on speed along?
"I feel like I'm a good baserunner but speed obviously helps. I practice on it a lot but I obviously could get better, no doubt, stealing bases."
What other aspects of your game are you pretty good at?
"Bunting is a huge part of my game. I think I had 6 or 7 base hits in high school just from bunts alone. This summer, I probably have 10 or 11 (bunt singles)."
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