Class of 2017 Commit Luke Hancock Update

Houston (MS) High School class of 2017 catcher Luke Hancock committed to Mississippi State in early September, 2014. He talked about the commitment and how he has improved his overall game this season.

  • Name: Luke Hancock
  • Classification: 2017
  • Position: Catcher
  • Ht: Wt: 5-foot-10, 175
  • Bats-Throws: L-R
  • Summer Travel Team: East Coast Baseball
  • High School: Houston (MS) High School
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    "I have always been a die-hard Mississippi State fan, it was my first offer and I just wanted to take it," said Hancock. "I loved everything about them. I just love it over there."

    Mississippi State assistant coach Nick Mingione was the first MSU coach to hear the good news.

    "I called Coach Mingione and told him," said Hancock. "They were at practice and he gave the phone over to (head) Coach (John) Cohen and I talked to him after that."

    He explained when he received the offer from MSU.

    "When I went over there to visit I thought I was going just on a regular visit," said Hancock. "But when I went into (Coach Mingione's) office he told me that I had a good arm and was good behind the plate and that they were going to offer me. Then he offered me."

    A few days later he committed.

    He stays in touch with the MSU coaches on a regular basis.

    "They can't call me due to how young I am, but I call them about once every couple of weeks," said Hancock. "We talk about how I have been doing during the season, what my average is, really about baseball and life, I guess."

    It appears the coaches made a very good evaluation with the talented catcher/hitter. As a freshman, Hancock hit at a .333 clip. This season, he is hitting .398 with 8 doubles, 2 home runs and 31 RBI. He explained why he believes he has made such a great improvement.

    "Last year on a two-strike approach I never choked up or spread out any," said Hancock, who has helped lead his team into the 4A Mississippi State Championship series. "This year I have a lot more and got a lot of two-strike hits. That is one of the reasons. Also my hard work during the offseason has paid off."

    This summer he will be playing his summer baseball with one of the top travel teams in the south, the East Coast Baseball program, a program led by Joe Caruso.

    "I am playing for East Coast Baseball this summer," said Hancock. "They are a good Christ-like organization. I really like that about them. And they are all nice."

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