New MSU Baseball Commit

One of the top pitchers in the state of Tennessee's class of 2013, Dakota Hudson of Sequatchie County High School (Dunlap, TN), has committed to play for Mississippi State.

  • Name: Dakota Hudson
  • Classification: 2013
  • Position: Righthand Pitcher
  • Ht, Wt: 6-5, 190
  • High School: Sequatchie County HS (Dunlap, TN)
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State. Has an offer from Kennesaw State and interest from Tennessee and Kentucky

    Who did you call and commit to?
    "I called around 3 pm today. I talked to (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen. He said he was very happy to have me commit."

    When did you make the decision to commit to Mississippi State?
    "Last Thursday, Kennesaw State came to see me pitch. And I knew both of those schools were really good. I decided over the weekend to commit."

    What was it about Mississippi State that you liked so well?
    "I came down to one of their fall intersquad games. I really liked their coaches and the environment there. I felt comfortable around them and it just fit me down there. I talked it over with my family and that was what we decided to do."

    When did Mississippi State start recruiting you?
    "They saw me for the first time this past fall. (MSU) Coach (Butch) Thompson came to one of my games."

    You also had an offer from Kennesaw State. Who else besides Mississippi State and Kennesaw State recruited you?
    "I received a scouting letter from Kentucky and I talked to Tennessee once or twice."

    What pitches do you throw?
    "I have a fastball, two-seam and four-seam, a curveball and a changeup. I'm experimenting with my changeup."

    What's your fastball velocity?
    "I've hit 92 on both of my fastballs. But I would say I'm consistently 89-90 with my two-seam fastball on a good day."

    That's pretty good velocity considering you play basketball in addition to baseball.
    "This is probably my last year to play basketball. I want to put on more weight before I get to college."

    I know you mentioned that your velocity is now 89-90. What was it last year as a sophomore?
    "I think my velocity was 80 to 82. I topped out at 84 once."

    Now it's 89-90! How did you increase it so much during one year?
    "This past year I just became very dedicated to baseball because I felt I could do something with it. I started working harder. I also grew three inches during the last year. That, plus a lot of long tossing and band work. I also added 15 pounds in my legs."

    When did you start seeing an increase in your velo?
    "I played on a summer team from Knoxville and I think I hit 86. But I really saw most of the results in the fall when I changed some mechanics (thanks to) David Mead who I was taking lessons from. He helped improve my mechanics a lot."

    Dakota Hudson joins MSU's two other class of 2013 commitments, Reid Humphreys (SS/RHP, 6-2, 180, R-R) of Northwest Rankin High School (Flowood, MS), Derek Martin (RHP/INF, 6-3, 200, R-R) of Tri-County Academy (Flora, MS) and Austin Sexton (RHP, 6-2, 175, R-R) of Sparkman (AL) HS.

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