Golf Asst Coach Sean Covich Q&A, Dec 5, 2013

Mississippi State men's golf assistant coach Sean Covich talks one-on-one with Gene's Page about this year's signing class.


Tim Walker, Junior, Central Alabama Community College, No. 1 ranked junior college player in the nation
"Tim is originally from Australia. I actually was looking into getting him to Meridian Community College when I was still there. Because of that I knew about him and kept my eye on him when he went to Central Alabama. He had a pretty good freshman year. He was a good, solid player. He had a good summer but then came out in the fall and never finished worse than second in the five tournaments that he played in. He wound up being ranked the No. 1 player in the country. He had several offers from really big programs but I believe my connections with him and the fact that we had Joe (Sakulpolphaisan) here, also a junior college guy who he had heard about. Plus, he had played with another one of our players, T.J. Morgan. So, I believe he felt comfortable here.

"What we like about him is his maturity and course management. I've watched him play several rounds, including events at golf courses at Meridian Community College and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. My dad was the golf pro at the Meridian event, so I knew everything about it. And he did everything perfect at that golf course. That really stood out to me. He really shows a great golf IQ."

Austin Rose, Freshman, Tupelo High School, No. 1 ranked player in the state of Mississippi in the class of 2014
"Austin really stood out to us. He was part of their state championship. And he won the individual 6A state championship last year. He's the number one player in his class of 2014. The thing about Austin is he has been a Bulldog fan his entire life. His dad, Jim Rose, played golf here (at Mississippi State) in the '80s. He was the golf pro at the Tupelo Country Club for many years. We've always had Austin on our radar for a number of years and he's gotten better and better each year. We are very excited to have him on our team. In addition to us, it was also Ole Miss and LSU recruiting him."

Grant Motter, Freshman, Oak Grove High School, Won the 2010 and 2012 MHSAA individual 6A state championships
"Grant was kind of off the radar because he didn't play in a lot of AJGA events. If you don't play in those type events, then you pretty much don't get ranked nationally. But he just about won every event he played in. He won the high school individual state championship as an 8th grader and as a 10th grader. He finished second two times for the US qualifier for Mississippi, so he's barely missed out on going to our national championship for junior golf. Despite being under the radar, Auburn, Southern Miss and New Mexico were also recruiting him. We were lucky to get him."

Ross Bell, Germantown (MS) High School, Freshman, No. 3 ranked player in the state of Mississippi in the class of 2014
"He is not only a great player but also a great leader. He may not be as powerful as some of the other guys but he's someone that has continued to get better each year. Last year, what really sealed the deal for us is when we went to watch the All-State Sugar Bowl Junior Tournament and he was playing against kids who were committed to LSU, Ole Miss and Auburn and he finished second. And he didn't even play his best. He's a gritty, scrappy player who fits the mold that we want. He's going to be a good player for us."

Taylor Bibbs, Freshman, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA), Member of the USA Junior National Golf Team
"Taylor is really someone who is probably outside of where we normally recruit but he just fit what we are looking for. He kind of fell into our lap. He wanted to major in engineering and he wanted to play in the SEC. His top three were Auburn, Texas A&M and us. There were also several schools out west such as San Diego State, the University of San Diego. But for some reason he didn't want to stay in California. His family is originally from Texas and he wanted to play for Texas A&M but they were full for next year, while we weren't. Plus, he knew some people in San Diego that are Mississippi State fans. He won the (2013) San Diego Junior Golf Association Championship. He's on the USA Junior National Team. He just played in an event in China where he finished 5th.

"We contacted him and he said he was interested. We told him we would love to watch him play. We did and liked what we saw and invited him in for an official visit. He came in for the visit when (the football team) played LSU. He committed that weekend."


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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