2017 LHP Jack Owen Talks MSU Commitment

Junipero Serra Catholic High School (San Juan Capistrano, CA) class of 2017 lefthanded pitcher Jack Owens talks about his commitment to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Jack Owen
  • Classification: 2017
  • Position: LHP
  • Ht, Wt: 6-foot-1, 170
  • Bats-Throws: L/L
  • High School: Junipero Serra Catholic HS (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
  • Travel Team: BPA DeMarini Elite
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    Owen committed to Mississippi State Wednesday night.

    "I went (to Mississippi State) Tuesday and met with (pitching coach) Butch (Thompson) and (head) Coach (John) Cohen and we talked," said Owen. "I did a tour of the school and they explained everything to me. I talked to Coach Butch about his philosophy on baseball. And it was awesome. The guy knows what he is talking about.

    "Then (Wednesday) night we played a game against a team called Division-I Baseball from Tennessee. They were pretty good. I threw a couple of innings, then talked to the coaches afterwards. Coach Butch said he liked the way that I pitched, liked the way that I was attacking (the hitters). I was going after guys, pitching up, pitching down, no walks. Then, they offered and I committed."

    He explained why he decided to commit.

    "I have known (current MSU catcher) Gavin Collins since I was 11 and I also have known (MSU 2014 signee) Aaron Dominguez since I have known Gavin," said Owen. "I talked to both of them and they both said they like Mississippi State a lot. And the town, the school and the fans are all about baseball. The facilities are amazing and Coach Butch is amazing. Everything is incredible."

    He chose Mississippi State over numerous elite west coast baseball programs, including several that have won national championships.

    "I was talking to UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State and Cal Poly," said Owen. "I just talked to Oregon and Oregon State this week. I talked to USC once but didn't get an offer from them."

    Obviously, based on the schools that were recruiting him, he is one of the elite pitchers in the class of 2017. But he's not your typical hard-throwing pitcher who blows his fastball by hitters. He's a true pitcher.

    "I'm not that big, not that strong and don't throw that hard but coaches told me that I know how to pitch, hit my spots and get hitters out," said Owen.

    He developed his pitching philosophy early on and it has worked for him extremely well.

    "I wasn't very good at first when I first started playing baseball. I didn't play all-stars the first couple of years," said Owen. "Then I started playing travel ball more competitively when I turned 11 (years-old). And I have been working with Jared Sandler since then and he really has helped me (become the pitcher that I am today)."

    Sandler is a coach for the Baseball Performance Academy (BPA), the same program that Gavin Collins and Aaron Dominguez played for. They have also produced numerous class of 2013-2017 players who have gone on to play for or commit to teams such as UCLA, USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Texas, Cal Poly, San Diego State, Pepperdine, Cal and Cal State Fullerton, among others.

    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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