2016 LHP Commits to Mississippi State

Loganville (GA) High School class of 2016 lefthanded pitcher Mitchell Miller talks about his commitment to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Mitchell Miller
  • Classification: 2016
  • Position: Lefthanded Pitcher
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-4, 175
  • Bats-Throws: L/L
  • High School: Loganville (GA) High School
  • Summer Travel Team: Chain Baseball Columbus 16U (Georgia)
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State. Other offers - Georgia, Georgia Tech.

    "I called them last night and committed," said Miller. "I talked to Coach (John) Cohen first. After I called him, I called Coach (Butch) Thompson."

    Both men were excited about the commitment.

    "Coach Cohen had no idea that I was about to commit when I called him," said Miller. "He was ecstatic after I told him. Then I hung up with him and called Coach Thompson and told him. He lost it. He said he was having the best pork chop that he had ever had. He was at dinner with his wife and a couple of his friends.

    "(The coaches reactions) were awesome. I can't even describe the feeling. It was just awesome."

    He explained why he felt Mississippi State was the right fit for him.

    "Mainly it was the coaches and I also saw how their whole team is like a family, everything they do is together," he said. "And I liked how they had 14,000 people at the Auburn game last year. I love playing in front of big crowds in big games. And I love Coach Thompson. He's awesome. He's a 100% genuine guy. He's laid back but will get on you if you need it. His drills are just like my high school coach's drills because my high school coach played for him."

    He's known Coach Thompson for awhile through different connections.

    "I've known Coach Thompson because they were interested in my brother (2012 Loganville High School graduate Christian Miller)," said Miller. "And Coach Thompson actually coached my pitching coach, Brandon Anglin, when he was in college at Georgia."

    Mississippi State started recruiting Miller this past summer.

    "When I pitched this summer (for Chain Baseball Columbus) they saw me and then they started talking to my summer ball coach Shannon Snyder," said Miller. "They wanted me to come in for a visit. I called Coach Cohen a couple of times."

    He recently visited the Mississippi State campus and came away extremely impressed.

    "I went on a visit this past weekend and when I got there I just knew that I was at home," said Miller. " At some of the colleges that I have gone to it was a little awkward at first but as soon as I got to Mississippi State I just felt like I was already part of the family. And the transition from Loganville to Mississippi State wouldn't be that difficult because the coaching staff is kind of the same. And when I first got there the first thing that Mississippi State told me was how big the FCA was there.

    "As soon as I left, I was ready to commit."

    His parents and older brother also went on the unofficial visit with him and they were just as impressed as he was.

    "I went with my parents and my brother," said Miller. "They loved it, too. My dad started crying as soon as (Mississippi State) offered me. My brother told me as soon as we left if he was me he would commit right now because he loved Mississippi State."

    Although he felt Mississippi State was the right choice, Miller wanted to think about his decision before finalizing it.

    "I knew it was one of the biggest decisions in my life, so I just wanted to be sure that this was the place that I wanted to go too," said Miller. "I wanted to be sure the high of being at Mississippi State was gone and that deep down inside that I wanted to be at Mississippi State."

    Prior to making the commitment call to Coach Cohen, he made another call to a good friend of his, former Diamond Dog Adam Frazier.

    "One of my good friends is Adam Frazier," said Miller. "I called him right before I committed because I wanted to get his take on the coaching staff and how the campus was. He told me how he loved State and how the coaching staff is one of the best. He told me that if I wanted to go to the next level and have fun doing it then State is the place to go."

    Miller had several other choices in addition to Mississippi State.

    "I also looked at Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Clemson and Alabama," he said. "I had offers from Georgia and Georgia Tech and Virginia was going to make an offer but they didn't know what to do since I was out of state, so they were going to wait until my junior year before offering."

    But ultimately Mississippi State won out over all the other schools.

    "I wasn't going to make a decision to commit until this time next year but when I got to Mississippi State I just knew I didn't want to go anywhere else," said Miller.

    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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