2015 Catcher Receiving Recruiting Interest

Pelham (AL) High School 2015 catcher Hunter Stovall, possibly one of the top players in the southeast in his classification, is already receiving significant recruiting attention from some of the top colleges in the south.

  • Name: Hunter Stovall
  • Classification: 2015
  • Position: Catcher
  • Ht, Wt: 5-foot-9, 165
  • High School: Pelham (AL) High School
  • Schools of Interest: Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State (offer), South Alabama, South Carolina

    As of now, six colleges are showing interest in the talented catching prospect.

    "Mississippi State, Auburn, Alabama, LSU is showing a little interest, South Alabama, and South Carolina is showing a little interest," said Stovall. "I've visited Mississippi State, Auburn and Alabama. I'm going to a showcase type thing at South Carolina sometime in December. I'm also going to LSU, although I don't know the specific date."

    His most recent visit was to Mississippi State this past Saturday. But that wasn't his first time to visit the MSU campus.

    "I first visited Mississippi State near the end of the summer," said Stovall. "I didn't really know what to expect. I had heard it was in the middle of nowhere. But it's really like it's own place. And I love it there. It's pretty cool."

    He liked it so well he decided to come back a few weeks later. And that visit turned out to be even better because he came away with a scholarship offer.

    "I came back to Mississippi State when they played Auburn in football," said Stovall. "That's when I received the offer from them."

    The offer was a complete surprise him.

    "I was amazed and surprised when I received the offer because I wasn't expecting the offer so early," he said. "That means a lot to me because they were the first people to offer. That makes my decision a lot easier down the road."

    Stovall, now with an offer in hand, decided to take a third visit to Mississippi State this past weekend to get a better feel about the coaches and players.

    "We visited them again (Saturday) because I wanted to be around the players and get to know them more," said Stovall. "I'm really interested in Mississippi State and I wanted to learn how their practices are, see how the coaches coach, and interact with the players so I could see how they are."

    And after the visit, he came away with a very positive attitude about the Mississippi State players and coaches.

    "I was amazed at how many of the players just came up to me and introduced themselves," said Stovall. "I had a conversation with a lot of them. I asked them what they thought about Mississippi State. And they all said good things. Coaching-wise, Mississippi State had so much excitement in their practices, and their coaches were all so energetic."

    Stovall talked about what the coaches like about his overall baseball ability.

    "(Mississippi State assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione said he likes how I am behind the plate, how I take control of the game, how I play hard and with a lot of energy, and my quickness," said Stovall. "They also like my arm strength and my bat."

    As a freshman, Stovall batted .368 for his varsity baseball team. Also a great athlete with a strong arm, he runs the 60-yard dash in 6.7 seconds and has a pop time in the 1.8+ to 1.9+ range.

    Keep it on GenesPage.com as we continue to follow Stovall's recruitment.

    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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