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Juco RHP Trey Jolly Talks Mississippi State Commitment

Hinds (MS) Community College hard-throwing sophomore right-hand pitcher Trey Jolly talks about his commitment to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Trey Jolly
  • Classification: Sophomore
  • Position: Righthand Pitcher
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-2, 195
  • Bats-Throws: R/R
  • Junior College: Hinds (MS) Community College
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

His recruitment by Mississippi State was a worldwind affair, taking just a few days to complete.

"They recruited me a little bit out of high school, then the other day Coach Nick (Mingione) called and asked me if I would like to come for a visit," said Jolly. "I told him I would and asked him when he wanted me to come down. He said Monday. And me and my parents visited Monday. They offered me on the visit."

He had an idea an offer might be forthcoming thanks to his Hinds CC pitching coach.

"My new pitching coach Wes Thigpen had always talked pretty good about them and said they were really interested in me," said Jolly. "I went in and they made the offer and I had to take it."

In addition to the offer, he was also impressed with the overall baseball program.

"I liked the facilities and the coaches," said Jolly. "It really felt like home when I got there. It was incredible how nice everything was and how knowledgeable the coaches were. With the video program they have there I will be able to improve my pitching a lot more."

Although he was impressed with everything that he saw during his visit, he wanted to take a day or two to think about things before making his decision.

"I went home and prayed about it and talked with my family about it, then the next day I committed," said Jolly. "I called Coach Nick. He was really excited, we were both really excited. He told me he was ready to get me on campus and get to it."

Mississippi State was one of several offers that he considered.

"I also had ULM, La Tech and Memphis interested in me, but State and Memphis were the main two that I was focusing on," said Jolly. "All of them offered me."

Jolly talked about what Mississippi State will be getting next fall.

"I guess I would be considered a power (pitching) righty," said Jolly. "I am consistently 88 to 92 and I've topped out at 96 once this fall but I hit 95 quite a few times. I try to fill (the strikezone) with fastballs, get hitters thinking fastball, then breaking my slider off on them or throw my changeup and get a lot of strikeouts and groundballs."

He gives Coach Thigpen credit for transforming him from a hard-throwing righty with poor command to one with very good command.

"Coach Thigpen really kind of changed my armslot this fall to more of a three-quarter, and it did wonders for me," said Jolly. "It sped up my delivery a little bit from the windup and it has helped me stay lower and get more in the zone with all of my pitches."

During his freshman season at Hinds Community College he was 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA. He struck out 18 in 15.1 innings while giving up 15 hits and 8 walks. As a senior in high school at North Pontotoc (MS) High School, he struck out 100 and walked 51 in 57.1 innings.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network.

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