2013 Derek Martin Commits to MSU

One of the top juniors in the state of Mississippi, Tri-County Academy's Derek Martin, committed to Mississippi State Sunday afternoon.

"I committed to Coach Cohen today, probably around 4 or so," said Martin. "He was pretty excited."

He explained why he chose Mississippi State.

"That is where I have always wanted to go and that's where I wanted to be because I grew up a fan of theirs," said Martin. "I've always loved State. I've watched them on tv and after going to some of the baseball games up there I knew that is where I wanted to play. I also know a couple of the baseball players up there and they said they love it."

After receiving an offer from State, he and his family discussed things and he decided to commit.

"It took me about a day to decide to commit," said the hard-throwing right-hander. "My family and I sat down and talked about it. And they wanted me to go there as much as I wanted to go there. And my mom liked it because it wasn't too far off."

He and his family took a tour of Mississippi State this past weekend and that pretty much completely sold them on State.

"We took a tour of Mississippi State and my mom loved it," said the 6-3, 200-pounder.

He explained what the Mississippi State coaches liked about him as a baseball player.

"The (MSU) coaches said they really like my pitching and the way I play the game," said Martin. "They can see me kind of being a dual position type player."

State's coaches became serious about him after seeing him pitch at their baseball camp this past summer.

"Pretty much all the coaches recruited me but (pitching) Coach (Butch) Thompson, when I went to camp up there, he kind of started it due to my pitching."

Derek Martin is MSU's second commitment in the class of 2013, joining Northwest Rankin High School's Reid Humphreys.

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