2014 RHP Jesse McCord Talks Recruiting

Class of 2014 right-handed pitcher Jesse McCord is one of the more highly recruited pitchers in the southeast. He talks one-on-one with Gene's Page about his recruitment.

  • Name: Jesse McCord
  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: Spanish Fort (AL) High School
  • Position: RHP
  • HT:-WT: 6-foot-2, 180
  • B-T: R/R
  • Schools of Interest: Alabama, Auburn, Austin Peay, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Tennessee

    McCord has interest from eight colleges, including offers from four and more offers expected.

    "I have interest from Austin Peay, Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Southern Miss, South Alabama and Auburn a little bit," said McCord. "I have offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn and I think State, Southern Miss and South Alabama are about too."

    He has already taken unofficial visits to several of the schools.

    "I have already been on unofficial visits to some of the schools; Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State," said McCord. "When I go, I'm looking to see what my opportunity is to compete for playing time."

    He explained what attributes the college coaches like when they see him pitch.

    "They like how I go right at the batters, how I don't run from them," said McCord. "And they also like my composure on the mound. Some of the coaches have also told me there are some things that they have to teach freshmen pitchers so they can be ready to pitch the next year and some of them have told me that I already have some of those things."

    McCord is a fastball, changeup, curveball type pitcher who goes right after the batters.

    "I like to pitch off my fastball and keep them off-balance with my changeup and curveball," said McCord, who threw in the 88-89 miles per hour range, topping out at 90, when I saw him pitch last week in Marietta, GA at the PG 17U WWBA national championship tournament.

    This past week, McCord helped lead his summer travel team, the 17U Dulin Dodgers, to third place in the Perfect Game 17U World Wood Bat Association National Championship tournament. He gives credit to Dulin Dodgers for helping him improve his overall pitching skills.

    "Playing with them, you are always getting to face the best people out there," said McCord. "Getting that experience teaches you how to pitch in an environment like that."

    This past high school season, McCord was 9-1 with a 0.91 ERA while striking out 106 batters in 69.1 innings.

    McCord has earned several honors the past two seasons, including being selected to the Perfect Game 2013 Preseason All-American Underclass Team as a high honorable mention selection and to the same team in 2012 as an honorable mention selection. He also was selected to the MaxPreps 2013 Baseball Medium Schools All-American Team as a 2nd team member. In addition to those honors, he also was selected to the Alabama 2013 Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State Team.

    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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