MSU 2015 Commit Hunter Stovall Update

Pelham (AL) High School 2015 catcher Hunter Stovall talks about how he is doing this summer and about his future school, Mississippi State.

  • Name: Hunter Stovall
  • Classification: 2015
  • Position: Catcher
  • Ht, Wt: 5-foot-9, 165
  • Bats-Throws: R/R
  • High School: Pelham (AL) High School
  • Travel Team: Excel Blue Sox
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    Stovall committed to Mississippi State in late January of this year. Since then, he's been able to watch them play in post-season play, including the College World Series. Seeing them on television solidified his commitment to them.

    "I got to watch them play in the College World Series," said Stovall. "What I noticed about them is they have fun. They have fun in the dugout. That's almost how my high school team is; they have fun in the dugout. There is no reason to play the game if you aren't having fun. And seeing all the things Mississippi State did. A Bench Mobb in baseball! That is great.

    "Seeing that makes me feel even more that Mississippi State is the place for me."

    The friendliness of the Mississippi State people was the main thing that won Stovall over.

    "The thing I liked about Mississippi State was the coaches, the way they made me feel and how they really seem to care about me," said Stovall. "The coaches are friendly, the players are friendly, everybody around Mississippi State is friendly. When I first came to State and met the coaches it was like I already knew them for six years. There was a connection. It felt like I was already part of the team. It was great.

    "I want kids my age when I'm at Mississippi State to come up to me and I be that person to say hello and ask them how they are doing. To see other people do that is impressive."

    Mississippi State's coaches keep in touch with the talented catcher.

    "I talk to all of the coaches but I normally talk to Coach Ming (Nick Mingione)," said Stovall. "We talk about how I'm doing. During school we talk a lot about grades. We have conversations about classes. He'll ask me how baseball is going. If he comes and watches me play I'll call him afterwards and ask him questions."

    Although he committed prior to his sophomore baseball season - late January of 2013 - he was already receiving strong recruiting interest from several schools in the SEC.

    "Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina and LSU all showed interest in me," said Stovall. "Mississippi State and Auburn offered."

    While Stovall could have waited and probably received offers from all of those schools and others, he didn't see any need in waiting.

    "The third time I came down to Mississippi State it just blew me away," said Stovall. "I got to watch practice and everything. And it just looked so .... it's baseball, it's fun and they are out there having a good time. That's how I am, I'm energetic, I like to run around the field."

    He's also a very talented player who has earned a couple of prestigious honors this summer. He was recently named to the Perfect Game 16U World Wood Bat Association National Championship tournament All-Tournament Team. And he was also selected to participate in the East Coast Pro Showcase, an invitation-only event where the players are selected to participate by Major League Baseball scouts.

    "That is an honor. Knowing that I made that team with all the kids that were there, that is an honor," said Stovall about the 16U all-tournament selection. "And it is big accomplishment to get invited to (the East Coast Pro Showcase). I'm just a junior and a lot of juniors haven't made it. It was kind of mind blowing knowing that I made it. Making that showcase encourages me and makes me want to work even harder."

    In addition to those honors, he was also selected to the MaxPreps 2013 Baseball Underclass All-American Team, one of 30 sophomores to make the team. For the 2013 season, he hit .339 with 3 home runs, stole 16 bases and knocked in 23 runs.

    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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