While the Mississippi State Big Dawg Camp brought out the stars in football, eight of whom committed, Mississippi State baseball is also bringing out the stars recruiting-wise. The latest top of the line talent to commit to the Diamond Dawgs is Hans Crouse of Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, CA.
"I committed today," said Crouse, who unofficially visited Mississippi State about a week ago. "I called (MSU) Coach (Nick) Mingione and told him. I told him that I was ready to commit to Mississippi State."
He explained what won Mississippi State over a lot of other powerhouse baseball programs throughout the nation.
"I like their coaching staff, and most importantly, (MSU pitching coach) Butch Thompson," said Crouse. "He's one of the best college pitching coaches in the nation. I talked to him when I visited there and I knew that he would give me the best shot of getting to where I want to be in the draft after three years of college."
He also liked their facilities and fan support.
"I thought their facilities were awesome," said Crouse. "I saw their clubhouse and their weight room and they were top end facilities. And The coaches told me that they have the NCAA record for most fans to attend a college baseball game. I thought that was really cool."
Another thing that drew him to Mississippi State was the fact that there will be quite a few other California players on the team, including at least one that is currently playing on the same travel team program as him.
"Mississippi State has a commitment from (my travel team teammate) Jack Owen and is recruiting a couple of other players on my (travel) team," said Crouse. "We've all talked about how cool it would be for all of us to go there together. I also talked to (MSU 2014 signee and fellow Californian) Aaron Dominguez about Mississippi State and he said that it is a very good program. And my coach (Jared Sandler) knows the coaches really well because he has really good connections with them. That factored into it also."
Crouse chose Mississippi State over seven other top college programs.
"I am being recruited by USC, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, San Diego, Miami and the University of San Francisco," said Crouse. "I have offers from San Francisco, Arizona, USC, Miami and Oregon."
With his recruitment now out of the way, he's ready to focus the next three on becoming the best pitcher that he can be.
"Now that I know where I am going, I can focus on being the best that I can on and off the field so that I can make an immediate impact my freshman year there," said Crouse.
Crouse is a three-pitch pitcher who throws an 86-88, top 91, fastball, slider and changeup. This past high school season he was 8-2 with a 1.50 ERA, threw 74.2 innings, allowed 45 hits while striking out 74 and walking 37. Teams hit .167 against him.
This week his travel team won the 16U WWBA championship tournament held in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
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