Talk about your commitment to Mississippi State.
"I just committed today. I visited and fell in love with the place. It was amazing. The coaches were awesome. Coach Mingione is a great guy, a great person. I fell in love with the facilities. He described it and said it is basically one big family. He said everybody would have our backs. It felt like home to me.
"But it is the big stage. And the type person that I am I want to leave my mark on something. I want to make my family proud and I want to make the Mississippi State family proud. And I come from a baseball family."
When did Mississippi State get in touch with you?
"It was right after the draft and I hadn't gotten picked up by anyone. My hand still wasn't healthy. [He broke the hamate bone in his left hand late in the season.-Gene] Coach Case called me and told me to hang in there. Everything was going to be ok. I called him back and he said Mississippi State had called.. I wasn't expecting anything from it, maybe a visit, then something happen after my sophomore year in junior college. He said they want me to come in during the fall. He said Coach Mingione is going to be giving me a call later today. He called and we talked and I went there today and I loved it. I committed and I will be there in the fall."
You mentioned earlier that you come from a baseball family. Who are the baseball people that you are related to?
"My uncle is Jessie Barfield. He played with the Yankees and Blue Jays. His son Josh played with San Diego and Cleveland. He spent some time with Philadelphia. He is now working for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I also have a cousin, Jeremy, who is with Colorado right now."
Describe yourself defensively and offensively?
"As a defensive player I am going to make the play, sell out for every play. If a ball is hit hard at me I will take it off my chest, my chin, whatever it takes I will do it. I will use my body to make the play. That is the type player that I am. I am hard nose and will play the game right.
"As far as hitting, that is basically my thing. I am very aggressive. I swing at a lot of first pitches. I want to be the one who drives in the runs. When the game is on the line, put me at the plate. That is when I will show who I am."
Where does Mississippi State want to play you position-wise?
"He never really talked about that. He just said they need a power hitter. He said he wanted me to come in and bang it and they would find a position for me."
What are your hopes for your freshman season at Mississippi State?
"I want to come in and make everybody proud. I want to come in and bang it out and win. I want to help lead us back to Omaha. And I will do anything that I can to make that happen."
[This past season, his freshman season at Wharton County Junior College, Jacob hit .400 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 37 games before breaking the hamate bone in his left hand.-Gene]
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