MSU 2013 RHP Signee Paul Young Talks MSU

Hard-throwing righthanded pitcher Paul Young, a freshman junior college transfer from Central Alabama Community College, explains why he decided to cast his lot with the Mississippi State baseball program.

  • Name: Paul Young
  • Classification: Freshman
  • Junior College: Central Alabama (AL) Community College
  • High School: Milton (FL) High School
  • Position: RHP
  • HT:-WT: 6-foot-2, 205
  • B-T: Right-Right
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State over offers from Florida, Florida State, Missouri and Ole Miss and strong interest from LSU

    Mississippi State won a hard-fought recruiting battle for Young's signature over numerous SEC schools and an ACC school.

    "I had a bunch of SEC schools after me," said Young, who had four visits set up. "I took visits to FSU and Mississippi State. LSU called between the Florida State and Mississippi State visits and set up my visit with them. Ole Miss had already set up a visit."

    But he wound up not taking two of the four.

    "About an hour after I left Mississippi State I committed," said Young. "I then told Ole Miss and LSU that I wasn't going to take a visit there."

    All but one of those four school had offered. Plus, he also had an offer from Missouri.

    "Missouri and Ole Miss offered full rides," said Young. "Florida State offered. Florida offered, too. LSU was going to offer me. LSU was going to show me what they had to offer when I came down there."

    While Young had four visits planned, he felt it would eventually come down to two schools.

    "It was probably going to wind up being between LSU and Mississippi State," he said.

    But his MSU visit was all it took for him to realize which school was the right fit for him.

    "I liked the coaches and facilities but I really liked the approach they take toward baseball and the detail that they put into everything," said Young. "And they also seem like they are hard-working. That's what I liked about Mississippi State."

    He was also impressed with the team chemistry.

    "I watched some of their games in the (College) World Series and I thought they were a good, scrappy baseball team," said Young. "They played real hard and never gave up. I liked that. They also looked like they were great teammates to each other and they all seemed to really enjoy playing the game."

    What is unique about the Paul Young recruiting story is all of the teams that were recruiting him wanted him as a pitcher. And that wasn't even what he was expected to play when he first got to Central Alabama Community College.

    "I pitched a little bit in high school but I didn't throw as hard as I do now," said Young. "I think I was in the upper-80s in high school. (Central Alabama CC) recruited me as an outfielder and when I showed up they already had plenty of pitching from my point of view."

    That all changed early in their season.

    "I (was playing) outfield for (Central Alabama CC) and we played Shelton State (Community College) 17 innings and (the CACC coaches) needed some arms to throw," said Young. "I went out and threw two innings. And since that game, they worked me into being a starter."

    During those two innings he showed an electric arm.

    "I heard that I hit anywhere from 92-94 to 91-93 and topped out in a couple of games at 96," said Young, who also throws a slider and a curveball and is working on a changeup.

    He explained where he thinks the added velocity came from.

    "I graduated from high school at 180 pounds and I showed up at (Central Alabama CC) weighing 205," said Young. "I'm guessing that's what helped (me gain the velocity)."

    As you might expect, a pitcher who can throw in the low-90s generated serious interest from Major League Baseball scouts. But Young's signing bonus price tag appeared to scare most teams off.

    "I had told a bunch of teams what it would take to sign me," he said. "Then I got drafted late (by the Cleveland Indians in the 21st round) and they were still trying to come up with the money."

    Ultimately, his price tag was too high. And Mississippi State will now reap the rewards of signing the highly-touted pitcher.

    And considering Mississippi State has had two straight years of having a first-round draft pick - RHP Chris Stratton in 2012 and OF Hunter Renfroe in 2013 - it very likely will wind up being a very financially rewarding decision for Young in a couple of years.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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