Paxton Stover Talks MSU Commitment

Paxton Stover, a class of 2014 lefthanded pitcher who plays for Dyer County (TN) High School, talks about committing to Mississippi State today.

  • Name: Paxton Stover
  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: Dyer County (TN) High School
  • Position: LHP
  • HT:-WT: 5-foot-10, 185
  • B-T: Left-Left
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State over offers from Austin Peay and Belmont and interest from Vanderbilt and Ole Miss

    Stover explained the process leading up to his Mississippi State commitment.

    "(Mississippi State assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione called me on July 1st, the first day that coaches could call, and I talked to him," said Stover. "(MSU pitching) Coach (Butch) Thompson called me one time also. They hadn't seen me pitch and asked me if I would be interested in coming to one of their camps. I ended up going, they saw me throw, and I guess they liked me because they offered me today."

    Mississippi State head coach John Cohen offered him.

    "After the camp was over I talked to Coach Cohen and Coach Thompson," said Stover. "My parents and I went into Coach Cohen's office and he made an offer. It was a verbal offer because they can't make a real offer until September."

    It was an easy decision for the youngster once he received the offer.

    "They have always had a great program and they have a great pitching coach," said Stover. "I couldn't see there being a better place to go so I made it official right there. I told (Coach Cohen) that I would love to be a Bulldog and a part of their program. He was excited but I think it caught him by surprise that I committed so quick."

    Mississippi State was one of five schools showing interest in the talented lefthander.

    "I had offers from Austin Peay and Belmont," said Stover. "I actually went to a camp at Vanderbilt so they could watch me play. And I had talked to Ole Miss but hadn't gone there. Both of them were showing interest in me."

    Stover talked about the pitches that he throws.

    "I throw a four-seam fastball that has good movement on it," he said. "I'm consistently 86 to 88 (miles per hour) with it. My changeup is about 76 to 78. I also throw a slider in that (miles per hour) area, too."

    The combination of velocity, movement and spin on his pitches appears to be what impressed Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson.

    "When it was my turn to throw at their camp, (Coach Thompson) asked me if my fastball was a four-seam or two-seam fastball because he said it had good movement on it," said Stover. "He said he really liked how I have really fast spin on my pitches. They have a trackman at their stadium and he said I'm above average of the NCAA with my RPM (revolutions per minute). He said I threw consistently 86 to 88 but to the hitter it probably looks faster than it really is."

    This past season, Stover was 9-2 with 2 saves, an 0.83 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 84 innings.

    He is Mississippi State's 6th commitment in the class of 2014. To see a complete list of commitments, CLICK HERE.

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