Prep All-American Nick Flair Signs With MSU

Mississippi State received some good news with the addition of another standout to an already outstanding baseball class of 2011. Nick Flair has pledged to the Bulldogs and the third baseman from Belle Chasse, Louisiana took time out of his busy summer schedule to talk about the winding road that has led him to Starkville.

Nick Flair had a huge senior season, hitting over .600 with 12 home runs and 62 RBI, but surprisingly wasn't hearing a lot from college coaches during his final high school season. Many coaches were unable to see his breakout year because of the similar seasons, and some also felt he'd go pro right out of high school.

When it seemed he was destined to go to a junior college in the fall, things took a favorable turn for both MSU and Flair. His path to signing with Mississippi State, interestingly, began with an injury at the beginning of the summer.

"It all started at the beginning of this summer, I actually broke my nose, had to have surgery, and was out for the first five weeks of the summer," he explained. "My first tournament back was a tournament at Mississippi State. (MSU assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione was watching us and I was only 50% playing with a face mask, so I didn't think I would have any interest from anyone.(MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen came out too and liked what he saw."

From there, Cohen started recruiting him pretty hard, and Flair made a visit to inquire more about life at Mississippi State.

"After my official visit, I sat down and talked with Cohen," he continued. "It was then that he made me an offer. At the time I was committed to LSU-Eunice but my dream was to go to a big SEC school like Mississippi State, so there was no doubt about what I wanted to do."

For Flair, Mississippi State had the complete package for what he wanted in a school.

"They have a great academic program, and I love the academic advisor and tutors you can have at any time you need them," said the prep All-American. "Baseball-wise, they have an incredible indoor facility that I can use anytime, and I love the coaches. Look at their track record, something like 49 players in the majors, and 9 first round drafts. It is such a well-respected program that it was a very easy decision for me."

Flair will be spending the rest of his summer playing baseball and getting ready for the fall, though he still has one decision ahead of him. He was selected by the Pirates in the 26th round in the most recent Major League draft but still remains unsigned.

"I am playing with a team out of Louisiana called the Sticks now," he said. "I am still waiting on an offer from the Pirates but I am full force Mississippi State right now. My plan is to start in the fall on campus with the Bulldogs."

Mississippi State will be getting a player similar to current Bulldog freshman Hunter Renfroe.

"I can hit pretty good," he said. "I hope I can come in and make an impact as a freshman. I know I have to work on becoming more consistent in the field, but I know I can hit at a high level. I have a coach that is really working with me on my fielding and that is my main focus this summer. I am also working on my speed, base running, and just getting bigger to get ready for the college game."

Flair was being humble by saying he can hit "pretty good."

Observers have noted that he has big time power and can hit for average as well. He is the type of player that can come in and have a huge impact for the Bulldogs right away.

We will keep you updated on his status over the upcoming weeks.

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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