Mississippi State currently has an El Toro (CA) High School alumnus playing on the current MSU team, sophomore Gavin Collins. You can a new member of that high school to that list of future Bulldogs. Tyler Lasch, a class of 2017 catcher/infielder/outfielder, who recently committed to the Bulldogs.
"I committed last Saturday," said Lasch. "I called (assistant coach) Nick (Mingione). He was very excited when I committed. His reaction made me really happy."
Along with the rest of the players on his travel team, he unofficially visited MSU a about two weeks ago and came away very impressed with what he saw, impressed enough to know where he wanted to go if given the opportunity.
"I didn't know much about their baseball program but I did know that they are really good," said Lasch. "When I visited their school I was in shock. When I first walked on there I was like wow, I could picture myself there. My jaw just dropped."
The facilities and fan support impressed him.
"The facilities are so nice," said Lasch. "I've been to USF (University of San Francisco), Cal-Berkeley and others and they don't compare to Mississippi State's facilities.
"And their facilities are open 24 hours a day. I like to hit a lot, so I know that I can hit anytime that I want to. I also like their atmosphere. I like playing in front of a lot of fans."
He also feels like MSU is a college baseball program that will help him achieve his long-term goal.
"I feel like Mississippi State can make me a professional player, which is my goal," said Lasch. "I've always wanted to go pro, and I feel like if I go there they will make me a professional player."
He also likes the coaches at MSU.
"(Pitching) Coach (Butch) Thompson saw me at (the WWBA tournament in) East Cobb in Georgia when I played there (in July)," said Lasch, who made the 2014 16U WWBA All-Tournament Team after hitting .400 and also leading his team to the championship of the tournament. "He was awesome. I knew that he is a great coach. I wanted to go (to Mississippi State) because I felt like he would make me a better person and a better player."
Lasch is not just a great hitter but also a very versatile player who can play almost any position on the diamond.
"(At Georgia) I played catcher, first, second, third and outfield," said Lasch. "I don't want to be a guy who can only play one position. I like playing different positions because I want to be a team player. (That way), if someone gets hurt, then I can fill in for him."
Mississippi State jumped on Lasch early but he had interest from several west coast schools.
"I was talking to UCLA, Oregon and USF (University of San Francisco)," said Lasch.
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