2016 Hagan Severance Talks MSU Commitment

2016 outfielder/infielder Hagan Severance of Ravenwood (TN) High School talks about his recent commitment to Mississippi State baseball.

  • Name: Hagan Severance
  • Position: OF/INF
  • Class: 2016
  • HT: WT: 6-foot, 190
  • Bats-Throws: R-R
  • High School: Ravenwood (TN) High School
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

  • When did you commit to Mississippi State?
    "I committed Monday. I called Coach MIngione."

    What was his reaction when you told him that you were committing to Mississippi State?
    "It sounded like he was very excited. And he made me feel at home."

    Was he your primary recruiter for Mississippi State?
    "He saw me for the first time when I was playing for the Royals Scout Team. Then he saw me at Fort Myers at the Perfect Game Underclass World Championship. After Fort Myers he called me. That is how our relationship began."

    Did you visit Mississippi State unofficially?
    "Yes sir, I visited about a week ago. I came down and met with the coaches and they showed me all of their facilities. I was really impressed by that. We went on the field and I met with the players and watched some BP. I decided between them and Vanderbilt."

    What happened during the week after you visited and then committed to Mississippi State? In other words, what led you to feel like Mississippi State was the right fit for you?
    "I sat down with my parents and we went through all the things that we liked about it. I then met with my head coach and also my weight coach and talked to them about it. I then pretty much felt like it was a pretty good fit for me. And I liked how everything is run there."

    What did Coach Mingione say he liked about you?
    "He said he likes how I am versatile on the field, how I run the bases, and he thinks that I will be able to hit at that level. He also said they don't offer guys unless they feel like they can fit right in with the guys that are already there. And he said he feels like I'm at that point already. That was a huge compliment to me."

    You mentioned what the MSU coaches like about you. What do you feel are your strengths both offensively and defensively?
    "Defensively, I have always trained to be versatile. I can play both the outfield and the infield. That gives coaches more options. And it gives me a better opportunity to get into the lineup. Hitting, I am a gap-to-gap hitter. When I'm hitting at my best I will hit doubles and triples because I have good speed. I have some power and will hit home runs ever now and then."

    When you say you have good speed, what is your 60 time?
    "My fastest 60 is a 6.68."

    What positions do you play in the outfield and what positions do you play in the infield?
    "I can play anywhere in the outfield and I play second and third base in the infield."

    What is your height and weight?
    "I am 6-foot, 190."

    You already have a good size body at 16-years-old.
    "Our baseball team has a really good weight program at Ravenwood. We go in three days a week at 5:45 and work out before we go to school. I have been doing that since my freshman year."

    You are in the Nashville area. Did you grow up a Vanderbilt fan?
    "No, my family are all UT fans."

    You had an offer from Mississippi State. Who else offered you?
    "I had other offers from MTSU, Vandy and Mississippi State. I also had interest from Florida, Belmont, Lipscomb and Walters State."

    Why did you decide to commit now?
    "After I left my Mississippi State visit and thought about everything I didn't think I would find a place where I fit in as well as I did there. And I think it is one of the top programs in the country. And I was ready to get (recruiting) off my shoulders so that I could just go out and play and not have to worry about that.

    "I also considered when committing early if I'm choosing Mississippi State over Vanderbilt, which is basically in my backyard, the number 1 program in the country, I don't know who else I would get (better than that)."

    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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