- Name: Marc Coffers
- Classification: 2016
- Position: Outfield
- Ht: Wt: 6-foot-1, 190
- Bats-Throws: R/R
- High School: Barron Collier HS (Naples, FL)
- Schools of Interest: Signed with Mississippi State
Coffers official visit to Mississippi State sealed the deal for the talented outfielder.
"We got to Mississippi State, me, my mom and dad, and we were immediately blown away by the facilities, the school, the city of Starkville," said Coffers. "We all loved it. And they treated me like they wanted me. And I knew that I would develop at Mississippi State. And you could tell all the people there had one thing on their mind, and that was to go to (the College World Series in) Omaha."
He came away very impressed with the MSU coaches.
"When we got there I went to (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen's office and he was pretty much asking me big boy type questions, very mature type questions," said Coffers. "He told us about how he interacts with the players. You could tell he was there to help you and guide you. I have been committed a couple of times and I haven't seen a head coach follow their baseball team to workouts and their conditioning to even their fall BP in the batting cages like Coach Cohen. He was everywhere and that really stood out to me because I had never seen that. I thought that was awesome.
"I also liked (assistant and his recruiting) Coach (Nick) Mingione because he is high energy and I love that."
Coffers was already familiar with the Bulldog baseball program due to several local connections.
"I knew about Mississippi State because (former MSU baseball player) Ryan Duffy was my sister's best friend growing up," he said. "They graduated from high school the same year. I talked to him because I kind of grew up idolizing him. I'm even wearing the beautiful Duffy bracelet right now. My dad actually worked with Coach Mingione's brother at UPS before they both retired. It is a small world."
Coffers explained what MSU fans will see from him when he is on the field in the spring of 2017.
"I like to swing at first pitches, and when I get on base I like to steal," he said. "I ran a 6.54 sixty at the Area Code games and I have improved that time. I really think being the table-setter really helps my team. I am a gap, line drive hitter, an aggressive hitter."
Although he is a versatile player who can play multiple positions, he mainly plays one position now.
"I play center field," said Coffers. "I hardly catch anymore because my speed has gotten so good so fast."
Obviously, been as talented as he is, he will have another decision to make next June when the Major League Baseball Draft rolls around.
"I have been invited to all of the showcases for (pro teams), but I haven't talked to many scouts," said Coffers. "I've talked to the (Tampa Bay) Rays a couple of times and the (San Diego) Padres. A guy was talking to my parents, actually, I have also filled out a couple of questionnaires for pro teams. But I'm really letting my coach handle that type stuff."
As of now, his plans are to attend Mississippi State where he can develop his game by playing against other top players in the Southeastern Conference.
"It would take top round money for me to go pro but I probably wouldn't even take that because I really want to go to school and experience SEC baseball," said Coffers. "I want to become a better player so that maybe one day I can become a high draft pick."
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network.