Blaylock Talks About His Commitment to MSU

Desoto Central (MS) High School 2015 outfielder Brant Blaylock talks about his commitment to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Brant Blaylock
  • Classification: 2015
  • Position: Outfielder
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-2, 185
  • Bats-Throws: R/R
  • High School: Desoto Central (MS) High School
  • Summer Travel Team: Dulin Dodgers
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    Recruiting-wise, it's been an exciting few weeks for Blaylock.

    "They heard about the season I was having and (Mississippi State assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione got in touch with me," said the talented outfielder. "They wanted me to come down for a visit two weeks ago when they played Ole Miss. After that, we kept talking and (Mingione) came and watched me play Monday. I did really well (during that game). We talked the other night and (Mingione) offered me (a scholarship). I talked to my family about it and called and committed (to Mingione) last night."

    He explained what impressed him about Mississippi State.

    "I just really liked the home atmosphere, how people are so friendly toward you," said Blaylock. " Every time that I have been down there I have enjoyed it. I like how you have access to everything all the time. And all of the facilities were really nice. Everything was really nice compared to when I took my visit to Ole Miss."

    Unlike so many kids in the state of Mississippi, Blaylock didn't grow up a fan of any particular college.

    "I really didn't grow up a fan of any school," he said. "I have an older brother that goes to State, he's a junior, so I guess you can say I'm more toward Mississippi State, but I never really grew up a fan of any school."

    In addition to Mississippi State, Blaylock had three other colleges showing strong recruiting interest in him. And a lot of folks thought that he would end up at one of the other three showing interest in him.

    "I was also talking to Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Memphis," said Blaylock. "Originally, everybody thought that I was going to end up at Ole Miss because they are the ones that I have been talking to for a long time. I actually talked to (Ole Miss assistant) Coach (Cliff) Godwin before Coach Mingione and I started talking again. (Godwin) told me that he wanted to see me play one more time, then they were probably going to offer me. But Coach Mingione came in and talked to me and I visited Starkville and really liked it. So, I decided that I really wanted to go there."

    Once he committed to Mississippi State, he informed two of his best friends who also happen to be his current teammates and future teammates when he gets to Mississippi State, 2015 MSU commitments Austin Riley and Keegan James.

    "I told Austin (Riley) and Keegan (James) and they were excited for me because they had always been talking to Coach Mingione about me," said Blaylock. "Then, when I finally was able to commit, they were real excited that I would we joining them (at Mississippi State). Actually, Austin and Keegan and I have been playing together since we were seven-years-old."

    With his commitment out of the way, Blaylock, who has also played football in the past, is going to solely focus on his baseball career.

    "I played football my sophomore year but got two concussions and didn't play my junior year," he said. "I was going to play football my senior year but after all of this happening I'm not going to play football next year."

    Not playing football his junior season seems to have really helped him in baseball. He batted .197 as a sophomore and is currently batting .407 as a junior with 22 RBI and 28 runs scored in 25 games.

    Blaylock, who has a strong arm, plays right field for Desoto Central as well as his summer travel team, the Dulin Dodgers.

    According to Desoto Central High School head baseball coach Mark Monaghan, Mississippi State is getting a great player.

    "Last year (as a sophomore) Brant battled a shoulder injury which was due to (him playing) football," said Monaghan. "But this year he has been able to focus only on baseball. And he's a tireless worker who works really hard. He's also a premiere athlete who just gets better and better the more we play. (Plus) he also has a tremendous baseball IQ."

    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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