Daniel Brown Talks MSU Commitment

Tyler (TX) Junior College freshman lefthanded pitcher Daniel Brown talks about committing to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Daniel Brown
  • Classification: 2014 (Freshman)
  • Junior College: Tyler (TX) Junior College
  • High School: Mount Vernon (TX) High School
  • Position: LHP
  • HT:-WT: 5-foot-10, 175
  • Bats-Throws: L/L
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    The last month has been a recruiting whirlwind for Brown.

    "Mississippi State started recruiting me around my birthday which was March 20th," said Brown. "(MSU assistant) Coach (Nick) MIngione came out to watch me throw a pen. I talked to him a couple of days before that and he told me that he would like to come watch me pitch. I told him that would be great."

    Brown knew some things about Mississippi State prior to them recruiting him.

    "I knew they were a school with great tradition and I knew they were good," he said. "I watched them in the College World Series and pulled for them because I'm a big SEC fan."

    On an official visit to Mississippi State a few weeks ago he found out even more about the baseball program. What he saw was impressive.

    "I loved everything about the school," said Brown. "All the players were nice and all the coaches were nice and energetic. We got to watch the (Arkansas-Mississippi State) game the first day and there is nothing like that environment. It didn't take me long to figure out that I really liked this place."

    Although he didn't commit on the spot, it didn't take him long to make his decision.

    "My dad and my mom came with me (on the visit)," said Brown. "When we got in the car (to go home) I asked them what their opinions were. They really liked it and thought that it was a good place for me. We talked about it and prayed about it a little more. When we stopped for dinner that night we made the decision that it was the right spot for me. I then called Coach (Nick) Mingione and told him. I also told (MSU pitching) Coach (Butch) Thompson that I had committed."

    Mississippi State wasn't the only school showing interest in him.

    "I had DBU (Dallas Baptist) and Arkansas interested in me," said Brown. "(Texas) A&M had some interest, too. And Ole Miss was starting to show some interest but I didn't really have any interest in them."

    Although he could have waited a few more weeks and cultivated his recruiting relationship with the other colleges, he didn't see the need to after visiting Mississippi State.

    "We are a good christian family and we pray a lot," said Brown. "It kind of happened through the whole process when I was coming out of high school. You just get this feeling and you know what the Lord wants you to do. I had that feeling (about Mississippi State) and I didn't feel like I had to wait."

    Now that he's committed to Mississippi State, he's excited about playing in the SEC.

    "It's crazy and really astonishing in a way because I'm coming from a small school and now I'm about to play in the SEC," said Brown. "That is something that every kid dreams about when he's growing up."

    Brown, who is a freshman at Tyler Junior College will sign with Mississippi State this month and be eligible to play next season as a sophomore. Mississippi State is getting a strike-thrower who has always struck out a lot of batters, whether it be in high school or junior college.

    "The main thing that I like to do is throw a lot of strikes," said Brown, who throws a two-seam and four-seam fastball along with a changeup and curveball. "In high school I went to a small school and didn't have the best defense behind me. So, I learned how to get batters out as easy as possible, how to strike them out. Growing up I always focused on hitting the corners a lot, pounding in. And it worked for me."

    His current record at Tyler Junior College is 6-0 record with a 0.67 ERA. He has struck out 49 batters in 40.1 innings, while allowing 19 hits and 8 walks.

    As a high school senior at Mount Vernon (TX) High School he played outfield and pitched and on the mound was 9-2 with a 0.51 ERA. He struck out 171 strikeouts while walking 26 in 82.2 innings.

    In high school he earned second team 2013 ETSN.fm East Texas Baseball Super Team honors as a senior and also participated in the 2012 Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament.

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