[Premium Article] Mississippi State has received a commitment from Georgia Tech transfer Jon Crosby, a hard-throwing, 6-4, 190-pound right-handed pitcher who played for Christian Brothers High School in Germantown, Tennessee. Gene's Page caught up with Jon late Thursday night."> [Premium Article] Mississippi State has received a commitment from Georgia Tech transfer Jon Crosby, a hard-throwing, 6-4, 190-pound right-handed pitcher who played for Christian Brothers High School in Germantown, Tennessee. Gene's Page caught up with Jon late Thursday night.">

MSU Baseball Commitment Jon Crosby Interview

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/baseball/2003/crosby.jpg" align="left" width="102" height="125"> [Premium Article] Mississippi State has received a commitment from Georgia Tech transfer Jon Crosby, a hard-throwing, 6-4, 190-pound right-handed pitcher who played for Christian Brothers High School in Germantown, Tennessee. Gene's Page caught up with Jon late Thursday night.

Jon Crosby was considered by Prospects Plus as the 6th best player in the state of Tennessee at the conclusion of his senior season and was projected by them to be a player who had the ability to be drafted in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball draft. Choosing Georgia Tech over the pros, Jon wound up being drafted in the 45th round. With a fastball in the 88-90 mph range (top out at 93), Jon also throws a slider and a circle change. He earned All-State honors his junior and senior seasons at CBHS. A big-game pitcher, Jon won the state high school championship game his sophomore (relief) and junior (starter) seasons.

In high school, Jon was recruited by numerous colleges, including Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Memphis, Ole Miss, Michigan, Tulane as well as a few others. He ultimately narrowed his list down to Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Memphis. He visited all three and received scholarship offers from all three.

After Jon decided to transfer from Georgia Tech after redshirting his freshman season, he looked at MSU and Memphis before choosing MSU. Since he has received his release from Georgia Tech, he will be able to play for MSU immediately.

Jon Crosby Interview:

After you decided to transfer from Georgia Tech and gained your release from them, how did you come up with Mississippi State and Memphis as the two schools you wanted to look at?
"First of all, I wanted to come home and live at home. Once I got my release from Georgia Tech, I was thinking about Memphis because I felt I could go in there and play. Mississippi State called my high school coach. I had always liked Mississippi State (in high school), but Coach Polk wasn't there (because he was at Georgia). Mississippi State then called me."

When did you take your official visit to Mississippi State?
"I took it Tuesday (June 17th). Coach Schoenrock and Coach Raffo showed me around campus. It was a nice campus and a nice college town. I thought the stadium was wonderful. I also saw the locker room. It was top of the line, first class. Everything was first class there. I talked to Coach Polk. We went through a list of things that showed how good of a program it is."

Did Coach Polk go ahead and offer you at that point?
"Yes sir."

What did you tell him?
"It was my dad and I who visited. I told (Coach Polk) that I had to talk it over with my mom who was at the University of Tennessee with my sister for orientation. We just wanted to talk about it as a family. I wanted to make sure I had their support."

When did you commit to MSU?
"I called (Coach Polk) Thursday and told him I wanted to play for him."

What was his reaction?
"He said, 'good, so you are going to be a Bulldog.' "

I'm curious, what are some of the largest crowds you have played in front of?
"At Georgia Tech, we had games where we played in front of 3,000 to 4,000."

You dad said you are working this summer. Are you going to be able to play baseball this summer?
"I'm playing summer baseball with a men's team called the Memphis Royals, it's a semi-pro team."

Thanks for taking the time to talk to me, Jon.
"Yes sir."


Gene Swindoll is the publisher and owner of Gene's Page, the unofficial site for Mississippi State sports since October, 1996. He can be reached by email at swindoll@genespage.com


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