Juco Outfielder Commits to MSU

Columbia State (Columbia, TN) Community College sophomore outfielder Derrick Armstrong has committed to Mississippi State.

"I committed to Mississippi State," said Derrick Armstrong. "I told the head coach, Coach (John) Cohen. He was real excited."

He explained why he chose Mississippi State.

"I went down there on a visit with my parents (in December)," said Armstrong. "I talked to most of the coaches and really liked it down there. I just felt it was the right place for me.

"It is more about school first, as it should be. They have a lot of people in the stands. It's really like a family down there. I really liked that. I really like all their coaches. They are really nice and really good people. I also know a couple of players who play there who are close to where I live."

His recruitment by Mississippi State was a whirlwind affair.

"They talked to scouts mostly and other coaches and started recruiting me (in early December)," said Armstrong. "(Assistant) Coach (Butch) Thompson was the one who called me first, then I started talking to all of their coaches."

He explained why Mississippi State decided to recruit him.

"The coaches liked the way I played," said Armstrong. "And they heard that I work hard and get after it."

A good defensive outfielder and a base-stealing threat, Armstrong talked about his overall game.

"I love playing outfield," said Armstrong. "I love trying to track every ball down that I can. Offensively, I try to get on base and steal bases. That's what I'm good at."

Armstrong chose Mississippi State over Eastern Kentucky, Austin Peay, Murray State, Union, Memphis and Jackson State (TN), among others.

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