MSU baseball commitment Myles Gentry

Gulfport (MS) High School class of 2012 RHP Myles Gentry talks about why he has decided to walk on at Mississippi State.

  • Name: Myles Gentry
  • Classification: 2012
  • High School: Gulfport (MS) High School
  • Position: RHP
  • HT: 6-0, WT: 180
  • Committed to Mississippi State

  • As a sophomore, Gentry had the opportunity to commit to Mississippi State, but due to being new to the recruiting process, he decided to hold off.

    "I've always wanted to go there and I had an opportunity a couple of years ago because they recruited me pretty hard back then but I didn't take it," said Gentry. "I'm really not sure why, I just didn't."

    As time passed, the State coaches received other pitching commitments in his class and went in another direction. In the meantime, other four-year schools started coming into the recruiting picture for Myles. He looked at them hard but decided to go the junior college route instead.

    "Tulane and Samford both wanted me (to sign with them) but I decided to go to Jones (County Junior College) instead," said Gentry.

    But in the back of his mind he still continued to think about Mississippi State and what could have been. Then he decided to look at his options as a possible walk on at State. He set up a time to talk with Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson to see if they were still interested in him. To Myles' delight, he discovered that they were.

    "(Butch Thompson) was excited that I was still interested and I was excited that he still wanted me to come after all of this," said Gentry. "It really came full circle. It was like a dream come true for me. I'm really excited to get up there."

    As for what Gentry will bring to the Mississippi State pitching staff, former Gulfport High School head baseball coach Tim Dowdy, who coached Gentry for a couple of years, feels he will bring a lot to the table.

    "He is going to be one of the most athletic kids that you will see on the mound," said Dowdy. "He is a very fast runner who will field his position really well. He will be able to shut down the bunt game of a team because he can get off the mound and field the ball so well, then throw them out due to his (strong) arm. And he will be able to do a decent job of stopping the running game because of his athleticism."

    He will also bring an excellent fastball.

    "Myles is a kid who has always had a great fastball. He was up to 91 (miles per hour) as a freshman and was consistently 88-90," said Dowdy. "His curve and changeup will be his secondary pitches. Because of that, he will be a guy who will have to pitch off of his fastball."

    But Dowdy cautions that Gentry will need to keep his fastball down in the zone due to pitching against more advanced hitters on the collegiate level.

    "When he pitches down in the zone he will have a very electric fastball that has movement," he said. "But like most kids his age, when he throws it up in the zone he will have a tendency to get hurt with his fastball. At the college level you can't pitch up in the zone."

    Dowdy feels that Gentry will only get better once he begins working with Thompson.

    "Working with Butch (Thompson) will enhance the abilities that Myles has," he said.

    Dowdy is very happy for his former player and feels Mississippi State is getting a player who will give it his all because that is where his heart is.

    "State is getting a kid who wants to be a Bulldog and who comes from a Bulldog family," said the former coach.

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