You won the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year Award after having a 9-0 record with a 0.12 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 56 innings. Did you think you had a chance for it?
"My coach had mentioned it to me. I had to do a survey about it during the middle of the season. But there are a lot of great baseball players in the state of Louisiana."
How did you find out that you had won it?
"The letter came out from Chicago one morning. And I had something like 500 missed calls, texts. Then I found out about it at 9 o'clock in the morning. It started off a pretty good day."
Your team had a great season this past year as well.
"I think we were 35-3 and considered one of the best teams to come out of our high school."
You have had a great 12 months. You just won the Gatorade Player of the Year award for Louisiana, your team played for a state championship and you were on the USA Baseball's 18U National Team that finished 12-0 and captured a gold medal at the 2014 COPABE Pan American Championship last summer.
"Nothing has really gone wrong for me. I have been working out to get stronger to help me compete at the next level. And, hopefully, continue my success and help Mississippi State get to the College World Series and win an SEC Championship."
How did you improve from last year to this year? Your stats obviously improved a lot.
"Being on the USA team I learned a lot more about pitching, pitching situations and how to get out of them. Really, it was about winning one pitch at a time and staying calm and keeping a good poise. Playing in front of the bigger crowds helped, too. That helped out with my poise."
Do you stay in touch with the Mississippi State coaches?
"I do, almost every day. Coach Cohen calls me some times. Nick Mingione has called me three days in a row."
They may be calling due to it being close to draft day.
"No, I'm not really interested in the draft anymore. What I want and what they are willing to give me is too big of a gap. It is 100% that I am going to college now. I'll be in Starkville next season."
When will you get to Mississippi State?
"I will start summer school July 4th weekend. I want to get there early to get used to their routine and their entire system."
What are your thoughts about being at Mississippi State next season?
"Oh man, I can't wait. Those guys have busted their butts and have a little bitter taste in their mouths and want to do well. I really want to be there with them. And, hopefully, they will get back on the track next year and get back to that winning tradition."
Do you stay in contact with the other signees?
"Yes sir. I talk to Jared Padgett. He is up there in the draft. Parker Ford and Gray Fenter. All of those guys are pretty high up in the draft. And I kind of keep checking (on them) and tell them what wonderful things we can do (at Mississippi State) if we all stick together, get an education. Then, after three years and everybody does great then we can get an even bigger signing bonus out of college."
What are your thoughts about what your class can achieve?
"We have a lot of talent but talent can take you only so far. We have to come together as a team and stay focused. Even if we don't keep everybody in this class with the guys we have coming back and the guys we for sure have coming in, we have to build a brotherhood, bond together."
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