- Name: Peyton Plumlee
- Classification: Freshman
- Position: RHP
- Ht: Wt: 6-foot-3, 195
- Bats-Throws: R/R
- Community College: Northwest Mississippi CC
- High School: Lewisburg (MS) High School
- Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State
"I called (Mississippi State assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione and told him that I was committing," said Plumlee, who will enroll at Mississippi State in the fall of 2016. "He was excited. He was excited for me and my family. We had been talking every single day the past couple of weeks. We had built up a relationship and when I got down there it felt like family. That was one of the reasons why I committed. I am still excited and ready to get down there."
He explained the things that he liked about Mississippi State.
"I have always liked the Mississippi State baseball program. And when they hired (pitching) Coach (Wes) Johnson I knew that was going to be a big thing for them. He is one of the best pitching coaches in the country," said Plumlee, who also considered Ole Miss, Memphis, Southern Miss and Alabama. "And the big thing about State is it is like family. And Dudy Noble has a great atmosphere to play college baseball, probably one of the best in the country. I also felt that if I went to State I would have the best shot to go to the College World Series. At the rate their program is going and the recruiting class that they have that would be a very good possibility. And I love Coach Johnson. He brings a ton of energy. And all the coaches were amazing. The facilities are great. The academics are great. Those things are what sold me on Mississippi State."
He commented on what Mississippi State pitching coach Wes Johnson liked about him.
"My size was a big thing to him," said Plumlee, who didn't start pitching in high school until his junior season. "And my projectability. He said he saw a bunch of potential in me. I think he sees some high (velocity) numbers for me. He also likes my overall build and arm slot. I think my best pitch is my changeup but he thinks my curveball is one of my best pitches. He thinks he can increase its velocity and my fastball velocity."
His recruitment by Mississippi State was a whirlwind affair.
"In the fall I picked up a lot of velocity," said Plumlee. "I was up to 95 during the fall. I started talking to some (college coaches), then got invited a couple of weeks ago (to visit Mississippi State). I knew who Coach Mingione was because I had communicated with him a little bit before. He saw me pitch in a small Area Code camp and invited me to come in for a visit. When I got down there I fell in love with the place."
As you would expect, with an arm that produces a low 90s mile per hour fastball that can reached 95, pro baseball scouts are showing interest.
"I talked to a lot of guys over the summer but this fall was when I started talking to some of the pro scouts," said Plumlee. "I haven't really talked to them about where I might be drafted. They just talk to me about whether I am interested in playing pro ball. Of course, I tell them I am a college guy. State is where I want to be 100%. It would take a lot to get me away from State."
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network.