When did you commit to Mississippi State?
"This afternoon I called (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen and told him I'm ready to be a Bulldog. I told him I can't wait to play for State."
What was it about Mississippi State that you liked?
"Over the past few weeks and since July 1st I had built up a great relationship with the coaches. They are awesome. They are great, great guys and great, great coaches. I know they want the best for me because they stayed in touch with me. We got to talking and they talked more than about baseball. They talked about my academics and my family. (MSU assistant) Coach (Butch) Thompson even met with my family after my game (Wednesday) and talked to them. They really appreciated that.
"I also obviously liked the facilities, the coaching staff and the fans. Everything about it is just awesome."
What other schools did you consider other than Mississippi State? And did any offer or appear to be close to offering?
"After Wednesday, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Winthrop offered me. Tennessee called me 30 minutes after the game and Ole Miss stayed around and offered me after the game. And LSU was on me really hard. They were video taping my game Wednesday. And Alabama was recruiting me hard. I already had offers from Austin Peay, Air Force, Memphis and Arkansas State."
You really had a lot of offers. It must have made you feel great receiving so many offers, including several SEC schools.
"It was great to receive offers from SEC schools but I was dead set on going to State. It was just the right place for me."
I heard you threw really well at the 17 WWBA National Championship tournament Wednesday afternoon. Tell me about that.
"I pitched two innings. I only pitched the two innings because my coaches want me to pitch in the 18U games at Ft. Myers. I used my two-seam and four-seam fastballs during the game. The two-seam has sink and run on it. I threw a lot of first pitch strikes and then would throw my slider. During the two innings I faced 6 batters and struck out three and got three ground ball outs. I don't know what my velocity was but I heard it was (consistently) 91-92, topping out at 93."
Now that you have committed, how do you feel?
"I feel great. It's real exciting. It's a once in a lifetime feeling. I can't wait to get to State. With the recruiting class we have coming in, hopefully, we will go to Omaha and win (the College World Series)."
One of your coaches at St. George High School is Jon Mungle, a former Mississippi State Bulldog baseball player himself.
"Coach Mungle is awesome. Since my freshman year, I've worked with him in the weight room and on the field. He's really helped me a lot. I know he played at Mississippi State and he was an inspiration for me. Now I'm going to play there, too."
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