Avery Geyer commits to MSU

Pensacola (FL) Catholic High School 2013 righthand pitcher Avery Geyer committed to Mississippi State today.

  • Name: Avery Geyer
  • Classification: 2013
  • Position: RHP/OF
  • HT, WT: 5-foot-11, 195
  • Bats/Throws: Right-Right
  • High School: Pensacola Catholic HS (Pensacola, FL)
  • Summer Travel Team: Marucci Elite 17U
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State. Had offers from South Alabama and Southern Miss and interest from ULL, Tulane and UCF

    Geyer committed to Mississippi State's coaches earlier today.

    "I called (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen first, then I talked to (MSU assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione," he said. "(MSU assistant) Coach (Butch) Thompson is supposed to call me back in an hour. He was having to take an NCAA recruiting test."

    The Mississippi State coaches were just as excited as Geyer about his commitment.

    "Coach Cohen was excited, and I loved Coach Mingione's personality," said Geyer. "He was jumping up and down when I told him. Coach Thompson was in (Mingione's) office and he put him on the phone real quick and he told me thank you. It was awesome. It made my day. They really seem like a great bunch of guys up there. I'm excited. Hopefully, we can win a national championship up there in the next couple of years."

    He explained why he decided Mississippi State was the best fit for him.

    "I chose Mississippi State because of the opportunity to play in the SEC and also because Coach Thompson is the real deal," he said. "He is going to make me a better pitcher, and, hopefully, in a few years help me get to the next level, pro ball. Coach Cohen also appears to know what he is doing."

    Geyer talked about the whirlwind recruiting process with Mississippi State.

    "They started recruiting me when I was at the World Wood Bat 17U National Championship in Marietta (Georgia) a few weeks ago," he said. "Nick Mingione saw me there and I threw really well that day. He talked to Butch Thompson. And Coach Thompson came and saw me pitch the second time I pitched at Marietta. They had me come up (to Mississippi State) for a visit. I went up there and they made me a good offer. The past two weeks I have looked up the coaches, researched the players, and they came out on top. I made my decision this morning."

    He explained what impressed the MSU coaches about his performance at Marietta.

    "I was able to throw four pitches at anytime during the count was what impressed them," said Geyer, who throws a changeup, curveball, slider and fastball, both two (88-89 mph) and four-seam (91-92 mph). "And I think I had 12 strikeouts in 7 innings (in the first outing)."

    Although he is being recruited as a pitcher, the State coaches will give Geyer an opportunity to also hit.

    "They are recruiting me as a pitcher but they said they will give me a chance to hit in the fall because I hit for my high school," he said.

    He chose Mississippi State over a couple of other schools that had offered.

    "I had offers from South Alabama and Southern Miss and I also had interest from ULL, Tulane, UCF and one other school," said Geyer.

    At the time the State coaches saw him he was playing for one of the top travel team programs in the south.

    "I play for Marucci Elite 17U this summer," said Geyer. "I went there for a showcase around Christmas time and they asked me if I would like to play for them this summer. I told them I would. Before that, I had always played for the local high school team and some local teams in Pensacola."

    This past spring, Geyer led his team to the Florida state championship, going 9-1 with a 1.45 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 77.1 innings pitched. His team finished the year 27-3.

    He is MSU's 7th commitment in the class of 2013, joining fellow commitments Reid Humphreys, SS/RHP, 6-2, 180, R-R, Northwest Rankin High School (Flowood, MS); Derek Martin, RHP/INF, 6-3, 200, R-R, Tri-County Academy (Flora, MS); Austin Sexton, RHP, 6-2, 165, R-R, Sparkman (AL) HS; Dakota Hudson, RHP, 6-5, 190, R-R, Sequatchie County (Dunlap, TN) HS; Brent Rooker, 1B, 6-4, 185, R-R, Evangelical Christian School (Cordova, TN) HS and Vance Tatum, LHP, 6-4, 180, L-L, Southaven (MS) HS.

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