Mississippi State already has a commitment from one Pelham High School baseball player, class of 2016 catcher Hunter Stovall. Now they are recruiting his teammate and 2016 classmate, Cole Whitman. Cole and his family unofficially visited State this past Saturday to learn more about the Bulldog baseball program.
"We got (to Mississippi State) at about 1:40 (Saturday afternoon)," said Whitman. "We watched pitchers throw bullpens (in the Palmeiro Center). They also had batters in there hitting. We then toured the campus. We saw the cafeteria, the academic center, the weight room. We then went through the Hall of Champions room. We then sat down with (pitching) Coach (Butch) Thompson and talked with him for awhile. He talked about pitching patterns and stuff like that. He showed (us) a power point presentation. After that, my mom and my dad and I went to the (LSU-MSU football) game."
Whitman didn't know much about Mississippi State baseball prior to the visit but came away impressed with what he saw and learned about them.
"I didn't know a ton about them but I really liked them," he said. "I like the coaches and how they want to win. I like Coach Thompson's passion about pitching and how much he knew."
Mississippi State started recruiting the talented lefthander a little over two weeks ago.
"They came to a game that I pitched at UAB, probably about two weeks ago," said Whitman.
Mississippi State is one of three college currently recruiting him.
"Auburn and UAB are also looking at me," said Whitman. "Auburn has offered me. UAB really likes me but I'm not old enough for them to offer me yet. They don't know how much they will have in their class to offer me."
Whitman described the type pitcher that he is.
"My main pitch is my fastball," he said. "My second pitch is my curveball. I have a changeup but I don't throw it that often. I like to get after it, compete on the hill and strike people out. I topped out during the summer at 89 (miles per hour) and I sit consistently at 83-84."
Whitman plays for the Excel Blue Sox and Excel Blue Rays travel teams, a part of the Excel Baseball Academy travel baseball team program, which is owned and operated by former Mississippi State baseball player Matthew Maniscalco and former Berry College baseball player Josh Beshears.
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