2015 RHP Ryan Cyr Talks MSU Commitment

Blue Valley High School (Stillwell, KS) 2015 righthand pitcher Ryan Cyr talks about committing to Mississippi State baseball.

  • Name: Ryan Cyr
  • Classification: 2015
  • Position: Righthanded Pitcher
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-3, 200
  • Bats-Throws: R/R
  • High School: Blue Valley High School (Stillwell, KS)
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    "I committed today," said Cyr. "I have been on many other visits and nothing on any of the other visits blew me away like Mississippi State did. Their facilities were the nicest that I have seen. The coaches blew me away. Coach (Butch) Thompson, the pitching coach, and (head) Coach (John) Cohen acted like they needed me and wanted me and didn't want me to leave here without committing. They didn't even say that, I just got that vibe from them."

    Both coaches spent a lot of time with Cyr and his family during their two-day visit to Mississippi State.

    "We sat down with Coach Thompson for an hour and a half and he sold me because of his philosophy, what he does and the success that he has," said Cyr. "He sold me the first 30 minutes that I was in there with him. Everything he said, you can just relate to it. Everything that he focuses on is going to make you a better pitcher.

    "And with Coach Cohen, normally you just sit down with the pitching coach and talk to him about his philosophy and then talk to the head coach for about 20 minutes. But we sat down with him yesterday and talked with him for about an hour and a half. And he took us around (their baseball facilities)."

    Cyr researched Mississippi State prior to the visit and was really impressed with an aspect of Mississippi State that you don't see at a lot of other schools, the loyalty of the fanbase.

    "Before I got here I researched Mississippi State baseball and all you read about is how loyal the fans are and what the fanbase is known for," he said. "It is awesome having all those people in the outfield doing all that stuff out there. The atmosphere is going to be awesome.

    "I can't wait to get here and pitch in front of that many people, people who care so much about Mississippi State baseball. I still have a year to go but I'm already looking forward to it."

    Cyr chose Mississippi State over several other schools, including two that had already offered him scholarships.

    "I was also recruited by Arkansas, Missouri, KU, K-State, Oklahoma and Pittsburgh," he said. "I had offers from K-State and Pittsburgh. Arkansas pretty much told me that if I was going to be committing soon they would talk to me and make an offer, but I didn't tell them that because I would rather come (to Mississippi State) because I fell in love with this place."

    Although Mississippi State has been recruiting the talented righthander for over a year, they became extremely serious about him a couple of weeks ago. He explained what happened.

    "I had a great outing when I pitched in Georgia (at the 18u WWBA tournament)," said Cyr. "I came into that tournament knowing that there were quite a schools watching me there and that I needed to show them what I was made of. It wasn't just the local schools like Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri but the Mississippi States, the big SEC schools, the schools that I wanted to go to.

    "(MSU assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione liked what he saw a lot. So, he sent video to Coach Cohen and Coach Thompson. They liked it, so they had me come down here for a visit."

    What was impressive about the younger that day was how much he had improved as a pitcher over the course of the past year, and his projectability.

    "My average velocity is about 87-90 (miles per hour)," said Cyr, who throws a two-seam and four-seam fastball, a knuckle-curve, slider and changeup. "My sophomore year I was probably throwing 83-85. And I feel there is a lot left in me because I'm still playing football."

    He's optimistic that his velo will improve even more during the coming year.

    "I'm hoping, when I come out of high school, that I will be throwing in the low to mid 90s," said Cyr. "That's my goal. I am going to work hard on that during the off-season because I want to be able to make a huge difference when I come in here as a freshman."

    He's hoping that huge difference will help him achieve a team goal that he has while he's playing at MSU.

    "When I come to college I want to win a College World Series, that is my goal," said Cyr.

    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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