- Name: Zane Stephens
- Classification: 2017
- Position: Righthand Pitcher
- Ht: Wt: 6-0, 165
- Bats-Throws: R/R
- High School: Suwannee High School (Live Oak, Florida)
- Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State
Mississippi State saw Stephens pitched at Fort Myers, Florida in early October and liked what they saw.
"They saw me play at Fort Myers two weekends ago and they said they wanted to make me an offer as soon as they saw me pitch," said Stephens. "They talked to my coach as soon as I was through pitching and told him. He called me and told me that they were thinking about making an offer. I was so excited. I came down (to Mississippi State for a visit) and they made me a really nice offer. I really loved the place so I committed (October 17th)."
Several things really caught his attention while he was visiting Mississippi State.
"I really liked the coaching staff," said Stephens. "I really liked (head) Coach (John) Cohen a lot. He seems like he knows a lot about baseball. I like (assistant) Coach Nick (Mingione). He is awesome. I really liked the facilities, too. And the fans. The fans are awesome. I love pitching in front of a lot of fans. And it is crazy how they have the Left Field Lounge."
He explained what the Mississippi State coaches liked about him during his outing at Fort Myers.
"They said that they liked the way that I pitched, that I was very competitive and I have great off-speed pitches," said the talented right-hander. "They said I am still young and they can help me get bigger and throw a little harder than I throw now."
Mississippi State has had his eye for the past couple of years due to their appearance in the 2013 College World Series.
"I know that they have a really good baseball program because I watched them play in the 2013 College World Series for the national championship against UCLA," said Stephens. "I really liked watching them play because I liked the pitchers and what they did in the dugout. They acted like they were having a fun time. It was pretty cool."
Stephens chose Mississippi State over a couple of other offers and interest from several other colleges.
"I also had offers from Troy and FAU and I was also talking to Florida State, Clemson, USF and UCF as well as several other smaller schools," said Stephens.
During his sophomore season, Stephens was 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA. He struck out 33 in 28.1 innings, while allowing just 13 hits and walking 13. Teams hit .140 against him.
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