Hunter Stovall Talks MSU Commitment

Pelham (AL) High School 2015 catcher Hunter Stovall talks about his commitment to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Hunter Stovall
  • Classification: 2015
  • Position: Catcher
  • Ht, Wt: 5-foot-9, 165
  • High School: Pelham (AL) High School
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    Hunter and his family took the drive over to Starkville, MS Sunday morning to commit to the Mississippi State coaching staff. He talked about the commitment.

    "When we got to Mississippi State they were just getting through with (the Mississippi State) Father/Son (baseball) camp," said Hunter. "We went to Coach Cohen's office. I was hoping to get all the coaches together and commit in there but Coach Mingione and Coach Thompson were already on the field. We walked to the field and I got them together and told them that I had done a lot of praying and a lot of thinking and sat down with my family and talked it over. We figured out that that was the place that I wanted to me. So, I told them I wanted to be there. They were all excited and started hugging me."

    He explained the reasons why he felt Mississippi State was the right place for him.

    "I've been to a lot of places, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and nowhere felt as good as Mississippi State did," said Hunter. "The coaches are awesome. None of the other coaches impressed me like their coaches did. I didn't feel the love anywhere else that Mississippi State showed me. The players treated me really well. When they found out that I had committed, a bunch of them came up and congratulated me and hugged me. They act like one big family and that's what I'm looking for. I have nothing but good to say about Mississippi State. I love it. And that's where I see myself in three years."

    He spoke in more detail about the Mississippi State coaches.

    "Their coaches knew everything about me," he said. "All the other coaches didn't really know what I was capable of. The Mississippi State coaches knew what I can do and what I'm capable of. They did what Coach Cohen called doing their homework. That meant a lot to me because if you are really interested then you will know things like that."

    Mississippi State was one of several SEC schools that were recruiting him.

    "Mississippi State and Auburn offered me," said Hunter. "Alabama, LSU, South Carolina were recruiting me. But it was kind of hard for them to beat Mississippi State."

    With his recruitment now behind him, his plans are very simple.

    "It's really a relief not having to worry about the recruiting," said Hunter. "Now, I can just go out there and play the game and have fun."

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