2016 MSU Baseball Commit Will Brooks Update

Madison Central High School/East Coast Baseball class of 2016 middle infielder/outfielder Will Brooks, a Mississippi State commitment, talks one-on-one with Gene's Page.

  • Name: Will Brooks
  • Classification: 2016
  • Position: MIF, OF
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-1, 180
  • Bats-Throws: R-R
  • High School: Madison Central High School
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    You are playing second base and outfield for your summer travel team, East Coast Baseball, and shortstop for your high school team, Madison Central. Is that by design to help you show your versatility?
    "Yeah, in college I want to be able to play wherever I can to help my team. It could be second, outfield or even short. I prefer outfield due to my speed because I can cover a lot of ground. I play center field but I can play left or right. It really doesn't matter."

    How does the East Coast coach determine where you will play each game?
    "Joe (Caruso) alternates me. There are different guys (on our team) who haven't been seen by scouts. I am already committed (to Mississippi State and don't have to be seen) and he wants them to be seen so they have a chance to commit to a school."

    This is your second season to play for East Coast Baseball. How does playing for them help your overall game?
    "In high school there is good talent but there are only something like three schools, Northwest Rankin, Madison Central and Tupelo, that really stand out and have good talent and good pitching. Playing for East Coast every single game has college type athletes. That helps you get prepared for college."

    Will you be playing at the WWBA 17U National Championship in Atlanta in a few weeks?
    "I will."

    That will be even more competitive, won't it?
    "Yeah, there will be so much talent in Atlanta. There will be guys pitching against us who have been drafted. There will be guys who are committed to Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, the SEC. Every game will be a battle.

    "Last year, I went over there and played with the (East Coast Baseball) 18U team. That really got me focused on how difficult it will be to play with college athletes. I did pretty well but everybody on my team was committed to (an) SEC (school) or committed to D-I. It showed me how hard I have to work to get to where I want to be."

    What aspects of your game are you trying to improve this summer while playing for East Coast Baseball?
    "I am trying to improve my infield defense, trying to hit to the opposite field more. I have power to left field, but I'm trying to hit to right field a little bit. I also want to show off my speed a little bit more."

    You just got through playing a game on Dudy Noble Field. What is it like for you to play on the field that you will be playing on during your college career?
    "It is awesome. I can't wait to be up here. It is a dream come true for me."

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