2016 Walker Robbins Talks MSU Commitment

George County (MS) High School class of 2016 LHP/1B Walker Robbins talks about his commitment to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Walker Robbins
  • Classification: 2016
  • Position: LHP/1B
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-2, 200
  • Bats-Throw: L/L
  • High School: George County HS (Lucedale, MS)
  • Travel Team: Marucci Elite
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    Robbins explained how he went about committing to Mississippi State.

    "I called (assistant) Coach Nick MIngione and told him that I had some good news to tell him," said Robbins. "I told him that I was ready to commit. He started hollering and said that I made his night a really good night. It was just awesome!"

    He explained why he felt Mississippi State was the place for him.

    "I liked their coaches and facilities," said Robbins. "And I felt like that would be the best place for me to get the most playing time, have a chance to be seen and win a College World Series. I like their school too, it's really good."

    He had five schools recruiting him but had his list of schools down to three before committing.

    "I was also interested in Ole Miss and Florida but I felt like Mississippi State was the best school for me," said Robbins, who is ranked the 132nd best player in the class of 2016 according to Perfect Game. "Southern Miss and Alabama recruited me, too. Mississippi State was the only one to offer but that was pretty much the main one that I was talking to. Ole Miss was going to offer me but then I committed so I never got a chance (to go to Ole Miss) to get an offer from them."

    Robbins is a very versatile athlete who can play a number of positions. And Mississippi State's coaches are going to give him a shot at pitching and hitting when he gets there in a couple of years.

    "They said that my first year there that I could try first base and pitcher," said Robbins, who throws in the 85-87 range, topping out at 89. "And they said if I like doing both I could do it the rest of the time that I'm there if I was good enough to do both. They also said if I liked one of them over the other, then I could do that one.

    "I like both but if it came down to a decision I like hitting more, so that would be what I would prefer doing. I like being out there everyday and giving it my all."

    One of the Mississippi State coaches told him what they liked about him, both as a hitter and a pitcher. He also gave Robbins some advice, something that Robbins took to heart.

    "(Associate Head Coach/Pitching) Coach Butch (Thompson) showed me a video of me hitting," said Robbins. "He came to one of my games and videotaped it. He said he likes how I have a level swing when I'm at the plate and how I keep my body (balanced). He liked my pitching but he said the only thing that he didn't like is how I kept my arm back. He said that could cause arm problems. He showed me how I could fix it and I've been working on it all summer, and it's helped me out a lot."

    Last season, as a freshman, Robbins hit .384 for his high school team. He was 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA on the mound.

    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.

  • Gene's Page Top Stories