2014 Outfielder Clay Casey Update

2014 Olive Branch (MS) High School outfielder Clay Casey talks recruiting with Gene's Page.

  • Name: Clay Casey
  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: Olive Branch (MS) High School
  • Position: Outfielder
  • HT:-WT: 6-foot-3, 200
  • B-T: R/R
  • Schools of Interest: Georgia, Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss.

    Casey, who was playing in the Perfect Game 17U World Wood Bat Association National Championship tournament at the time of this interview, described the type player that he is.

    "Offensively, I try to use the Charlie Lau system. That's more the back hand release with the front hand carrying it through. I work a lot on contact and I have a lot of power with it. I haven't shown it yet but I have a lot of opposite field power. I can hit opposite field home runs. I had three during the regular season.

    "I'm also fast around the bases. I'm not sure what my official time is but it's 6.2 on the turf. To first, I'm not that fast but once I get my legs going I'm fast.

    "Defensively, I haven't shown it out here yet but I can make the diving catches. I usually don't have to dive because I can cover a lot of ground."

    Playing for the Dulin Dodgers team, one of the elite travel teams in the southeast, has been very beneficial to Casey.

    "It is amazing playing for them," he said. "I haven't played summer ball in three years because I have been playing football. Playing on this level has really helped me improve because I haven't faced pitching like this in three years. Playing against and with people that you know will get drafted helps your performance level improve. It's not pressure but you know you have to compete to be the best out there."

    Six colleges have shown interest in the talented outfielder.

    "Ole Miss is showing a lot of interest," said Casey. "Georgia, Louisville, Missouri and MTSU have shown interest. And, of course, Mississippi State. And some (Major League Baseball) scouts have been giving me attention but that's more next year."

    Three of the colleges have already called him since July 1st, the first day college coaches could call juniors. Two want him to come in for a visit.

    "A week ago is when it all started," said Casey. "I hadn't heard anything before that. Ole Miss, Mississippi State and MTSU have all called me. Mississippi State and Ole Miss want me to come in for visits. I am going to visit both of them. I hope to take both when I get back into town."

    One college has already offered a scholarship.

    "Ole Miss has offered verbally," said Casey.

    He explained what coaches like about his game.

    "Coaches say they like that I'm also a football player," said Casey, who plans on giving up football to play baseball exclusively. "In baseball you don't get knocked down and have to get back up. But in football you do and you have to get back up. I'm a quarterback and got sacked sometimes and had to get back up and call the next play. The coaches have also told me that I go out on the field and don't leave anything on it."

    This past season, he hit .372 with 4 home runs and 32 RBI.

    Keep it on Scout.com/GenesPage.com as we continue to follow the recruitment of this talented member of the class of 2014.

    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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