2017 RHP Chad Bryant Talks MSU Commitment

Thomasville (AL) High School class of 2017 right-handed pitcher Chad Bryant talks about his commitment to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Chad Bryant
  • Classification: 2017
  • Position: RHP
  • Ht, Wt: 5-foot-11, 195
  • Bats-Throws: R/R
  • High School: Thomasville (AL) High School
  • Travel Team: East Coast Baseball
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    "I called (Mississippi State assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione and told him that I had some good news," said Bryant. "I told him that I wanted to be a Bulldog, that I wanted to commit. He was just so happy and proud."

    Bryant explained why he committed to Mississippi State.

    "I have always wanted to play baseball for Mississippi State," said Bryant. "I started liking them when I was in the 8th grade, when I was 13-years-old. It was a dream come true when they started recruiting me. They wanted me and I wanted to go there."

    Not only did he have that connection with Mississippi State but he also really liked Butch Thompson, the Mississippi State pitching coach.

    "I like Coach Thompson, he is down-to-earth," said Bryant. "There is just something about him. And I feel like when I come there I can have that special connection with him and he can make me the best that I can possibly be. And maybe go on to the next level."

    Mississippi State had been recruiting Bryant since this past summer.

    "Mississippi State started recruiting me when I went to Georgia and played in the state tournament that they were having. I played for Alabama," said Bryant. "My pitching coach, who works with me, knew Coach Thompson. It started from there. They got in touch with me through my coach. Then, I visited there this past weekend and really liked it, the atmosphere and the fans, things like that. I saw that these people really care about baseball. I saw all those people there just to watch a scrimmage. Seeing all of that just made me want to go there even more. I just felt that was where I wanted to be. There was no other place that I wanted to go to."

    After he and his family visited Mississippi State, they talked about the experience and about Mississippi State.

    "From the time we left, we talked about it all the way back home," said Bryant. "We talked about it Sunday, then more Monday night. I then told my parents that is where I want to be. They were happy and felt like it was a good fit for me. They said wherever your heart tells you to go, that is where you need to go. "

    Bryant made note of why the Mississippi State coaches liked him enough to offer him a scholarship this early in the recruiting process.

    "Coach Thompson likes that I get into my legs despite being so young," said Bryant. "That is what he likes. I also topped out at 90 miles per hour this summer. And I consistently thrown 86, 87 to 88."

    Bryant will be playing for the East Coast Baseball program this coming summer. It is operated by Joe Caruso and Greg Sykes. Former MSU first-rounder and former MLB player Eric DuBose is the pitching coach for their program.

    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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