Class of 2016 Denver McQuary Update

Talented class of 2016 dual-sport athlete, Houston (MS) High School's Denver McQuary) camped at Mississippi State Baseball recently.

  • Name: Denver McQuary
  • Classification: 2016
  • High School: Houston (MS) High School
  • Position (Baseball): SS/RHP
  • Bats-Throws: R/R
  • Position (Football): DB/WR
  • HT: WT: 6-1.5, 176

  • McQuary, who plays shortstop and pitches for his Houston High School baseball team, recently attended the Mississippi State Baseball camp and performed well.

    "I had played infield all day and decided to ask (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen if I could throw in the bullpen and do some pitching," said McQuary. "He said to talk to (MSU pitching) Coach (Butch) Thompson."

    Coach Thompson agreed to let him pitch and McQuary took full advantage of the opportunity, topping out at 87 miles per hour on the MSU gun and 85 on my Stalker gun. He was consistently 83-85. And he's still just 15-years-old.

    McQuary was hoping he would throw in that range.

    "I was hoping that I would throw in the mid-80s," said the talented youngster. "At Mississippi Delta (Community College) in one of my tournaments for my summer ball team (the Mississippi Dukes) I hit 88-89 and stayed around 84."

    The Mississippi State camp was his first baseball camp. He explained why he decided to attend.

    "My dad asked me if I was interested in attending the Mississippi State camp and I told him I would like to," said McQuary. "I wanted to come to it to start getting my name out there (to college coaches)."

    He really enjoyed the camp.

    "I loved the camp. I liked the advice that they gave me," said McQuary, who said he's a diehard Mississippi State fan. "As an example, in the bullpen I was throwing my slider and I wasn't commanding it very well. They gave different tips on how to hold it and command it better and give it better movement."

    While his pitching velocity was what caught my eye, he's also a really good shortstop.

    "I mainly play shortstop and pitcher for my team," said McQuary. "Last year, as a freshman, I mainly started in weekend games and then they would throw me whenever they needed me. I only started at shortstop last year when our regular shortstop was pitching. This year, I will start at shortstop and maybe close."

    He was impressive enough as an 8th grader that the Houston High School coaches brought him up to the varsity team.

    "I was brought up (to the varsity) my 8th grade year and threw in a couple of games," said McQuary. "I didn't really play much infield that year because we had a pretty decent team and I had to wait to earn my spot."

    Although McQuary is a very talented baseball player, he's also a very talented football player. He even earned an award as a freshman defensive back.

    "I earned All-District and had seven interceptions my freshman year," said McQuary. "In the fourth game, they needed someone to play (so they brought me in). In the second play of my first game I had an interception. I also had a couple of tackles in that game."

    He performed even better this past season.

    "I ended up with eight interceptions this year," said McQuary, who also recorded 66 tackles and deflected 16 passes. "I thought I did ok but I felt I could have done even better at times."

    He explained his success getting to the ball.

    "I guess I can find the flight of the ball and read the quarterbacks eyes well," said McQuary.

    He's not just a talented defensive back. He also performed well on the offensive side of the ball.

    "I am a receiver on offense," said McQuary. "I didn't play much offense as a freshman but this past year I play a lot more."

    He recorded 33 pass receptions for 314 yards and 1 touchdown, earning his team's offensive Most Valuable Player.

    Keep it on for the latest information on this very talented member of the class of 2016.

    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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