Evangelical Christian School's Brent Rooker took an unofficial visit to Mississippi State this past weekend and walked away with his first offer.
"They offered me this weekend," said Rooker, who first started receiving attention from MSU about two months ago. "After (MSU assistant) Coach (Lane) Burroughs saw me play I talked to him on the phone and he told me that they were going to offer me when I came down (for a visit). I came in Saturday morning and met with Coach Cohen and Coach Burroughs, then stayed around for the game."
Not only was he impressed with the offer but the visit was great as well.
"They did a really good job," said the 6-4, 185-pounder. "I liked the coaching staff a lot. I also met a couple of their players and they were great, too. Overall, the visit went really, really well."
He came away with a very positive attitude about Mississippi State as far as where they stand on his recruiting wish list.
"They are really, really high on my list," said Rooker. "They have a great coaching staff. And, historically, they have a great program, one of the best in college baseball. I love their players and I know a couple of the guys who are committed to Mississippi State. They have nothing but positive things to say about Mississippi State. I really like them a lot. Everything about it is great."
He talked about what the Mississippi State coaching staff likes about his game.
"They told me that I am a good athlete and project well," said Rooker, who also visited State about a month and a half ago. "They see me as an offensive type guy. They also like how I carry myself with confidence and leadership."
Although he really likes what he has seen from Mississippi State, he's keeping his options open. There are several other schools that is recruiting him and he wants to find out more about each one of them as well.
"I am in conversations with Tennessee, Duke, Samford and Memphis," said Rooker. "All of the schools have their pluses and minuses. They all have some good things going for them. I haven't met with all of them personally as I would like to. Right now I'm trying to keep all my options open and find the right fit for me."
As for a timeframe on when he plans on committing, he's not quite sure when he'll pull the trigger.
"I have thought about (when I will commit) but I want to make sure it is the right fit for me," said the youngster. "I plan on spending a lot of time in prayer about it just to make sure I go to the best place possible for me."
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