Commits to MSU

Southaven (MS) High School 2013 lefthanded pitcher Vance Tatum has committed to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Vance Tatum
  • Classification: 2013
  • Position: Lefthand Pitcher
  • Ht, Wt: 6-4, 180
  • High School: Southaven (MS) High School
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State. Had other offers from Air Force, Memphis, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tulane

    "I committed to Mississippi State," said Tatum. "It was a very exciting experience for me.

    Tatum talked about why he felt Mississippi State was the right choice for him.

    "I love (Mississippi State assistant) Coach (Butch) Thompson and I love the atmosphere of the baseball program," he said.

    The Mississippi State coaches were just as excited about the decision as he was.

    "I committed to (Mississippi State head) Coach (John) Cohen and Coach Thompson and both were very excited about it," said Tatum.

    He explained what the process was like the past week and a half while he was thinking about his various options.

    "It was a really long and stressful process but my parents and my brother helped me figure things out," said.

    "I made my decision a couple of days ago. It came down to narrowing things down and it came down to Mississippi State."

    Tatum chose Mississippi State over scholarship offers from Air Force, Memphis, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Tulane.

    He is the 6th commitment in the class of 2013 for Mississippi State and joins fellow commitments Reid Humphreys, SS/RHP, 6-2, 180, R-R, Northwest Rankin (Flowood, MS) High School; Derek Martin, RHP/INF, 6-3, 200, R-R, Tri-County Academy (Flora, MS); Austin Sexton, RHP, 6-2, 165, R-R, Sparkman (AL) High School; Dakota Hudson, RHP, 6-5, 190, R-R, Sequatchie County (Dunlap, TN) High School and Brent Rooker, 1B, 6-4, 185, R-R, Evangelical Christian School (Cordova, TN).

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