Dale Burdick commits to MSU

One of the top players in the nation's class of 2014, Summit (Spring Hill, TN) High School middle infielder Dale Burdick, has committed to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Dale Burdick
  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: Summit (Spring Hill, TN) High School
  • Position: Middle Infielder
  • HT: 6-0, WT: 170
  • Bat/Throw: R/R
  • Committed to Mississippi State

  • "We went to (Mississippi State) and they took me on a tour of the dorms, the only thing that I hadn't seen about the school. (MSU head coach John Cohen) showed me the (scholarship) offer, then he went through a powerpoint presentation. Then, when everything was over and we were about to leave I told them I am ready to be a Bulldog," said Burdick. "I love everything about the school. I committed right there in front of Coach Cohen, (assistant) Coach (Butch) Thompson and (coordinator of baseball operations) Coach (Tyler) Bratton."

    Burdick was happy with the reaction of the coaches.

    "To me, they (were so excited, they) acted like little kids when I committed," said Burdick, a member of Team Tennessee, the Tennessee team that played in the prestigious Sunbelt Classic in Oklahoma this past June. "And I loved that because they are big-time college coaches, coaches and people who I love to be with. That's what I'm about, being good people.

    "Coach Thompson was really excited. After I committed, he said, 'you just made us a whole lot better.'"

    He talked in detail about Mississippi State and why he decided to commit to them so early in the recruiting process.

    "I know I grew up in Florida in the middle of a city but I'm more of that small-town kid, and that's more of what Mississippi State is," said Burdick, a member of the Perfect Game 2012 underclassmen All-American team as a honorable mention selection. "Then (when I visited it) I loved it. The whole atmosphere, the fans, the baseball, the town, that is me right there. And the interest they showed in me was huge. I just loved it."

    His relationship with the school and coaches started when he was in the 8th grade.

    "I first went to their camp when I was in the 8th grade," said Burdick. "It was a high school camp. That was the first time they saw me and they liked me, especially due to how young I was. I then started developing a good relationship with the coaches, some of the players and some of the other kids at the camp. I just loved it and kept going back. Now, I'm a Bulldog."

    While Mississippi State is his first scholarship offer, Burdick is receiving serious interest from other colleges, including the Southeastern Conference and several schools on the west coast.

    "The other schools that are recruiting me are Alabama, Vandy and Georgia," said Burdick. "Those are the primary SEC schools recruiting me. Two weeks ago I went to Arizona and got looked at by a lot of schools out there. Primarily, UCLA, Cal-Berkeley and Arizona showed a lot of interest."

    He has stayed in contact with the Mississippi State coaches since he first went to their camp but he has also stayed in touch with other coaches as well. He talked about what the college coaches like about his game.

    "The other coach I mainly keep in contact with is (Vanderbilt head) Coach (Tim) Corbin because Vandy is only about 30 minutes down the road. Whenever I talk to him and the other coaches they tell me if I come to their school I can help them go to the College World Series and help them win that. They also talk to me about my speed, hitting ability, and my mental understanding of the different aspects of the game. They also said I could help everybody else on the team get better as they also help me get better."

    One of those players that he will help get better is Mississippi State 2015 commitment and good friend Luke Alexander. Burdick talked about eventually playing with Alexander on the collegiate level in a few years.

    "Luke and I have been friends since we were 10 years old, when we first played together on the Terminators, a team in Mississippi that is coached by John Mangum," said Burdick. "Luke and I talk almost everyday now. Now that I am committed, we talked for almost an hour. He was really excited. It will be great to play with him again."

    Burdick is the first commitment for Mississippi State in the class of 2014.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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