- Name: Jordan Westburg
- Classification: 2017
- Position: Infield
- Ht: Wt: 6-foot-2, 180
- Bats-Throws: R-R
- High School: New Braunfels (TX) High School
- Travel Team: South Texas Sliders
- Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State over offers from Texas, Baylor, Houston and others
Westburg's recruitment by Mississippi State was a whirlwind affair.
"I heard about Mississippi State maybe a couple of days to a week before I headed to Atlanta (for the Perfect Game World Wood Bat World Series a little over two weeks ago)," said Westburg. "I think they came to watch me play and that is how it got started because I knew of no prior knowledge of them recruiting me."
While Mississippi State was new to his recruitment, their reputation wasn't.
"I knew a lot about Mississippi State," he said. "I loved the school and the idea of playing in the SEC for a big program like them."
He explained why Mississippi State decided to pursue him.
"They liked me as a person and my character, that I am a good student and an athletic player," said Westburg. "I think I play with a lot of passion and heart. And I think they liked that as well."
He was recruited by Mississippi State assistant coach Will Coggin.
"Coach Coggin was the guy who contacted me," said Westburg. "I really liked him. I think he is a very personable guy and easy to talk to over the phone. I haven't met him face to face yet but I'm looking forward to that."
Coggin urged Westburg to visit Mississippi State. And he really liked what he saw while on the visit.
"I visited last Saturday," said the talented infielder. "When I visited there and stepped on campus and got the tour around campus I just felt at home. I just felt like a peace came over me and that Mississippi State could be the place. When you feel at home and know what place is the right fit it really makes the decision easy. It was an awesome way to feel when you knew where your future was taking it's next step. I can't describe it any other way."
Although he felt Mississippi State was the right place for him, he wanted to take his time before making a final decision.
"They offered me while I was visiting," said Westburg. "I was beyond excited for the opportunity that they presented to me. My dad and I talked about it Saturday night and Sunday. I didn't think about it a whole, whole lot but it was on my mind. You can't not think about it. But I was focused on playing and helping my team. But as soon as we came home my dad and I really started talking about it. I had a few other schools that I was considering and was weighing the pros and cons of each. I just felt at peace when Mississippi State came to mind. It was like that was a place that I could call home."
Westburg had numerous schools showing interest in him.
"I had four schools in mind, at the top was Mississippi State, then I had the University of Texas, the University of Houston and the University of Kentucky. Those were my top four," said Westburg, who, in addition to Mississippi State, had offers from Baylor, Houston, Texas and a couple of others. "I also had interest from West Virginia, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Air Force, Duke University, Baylor. I visited all of the Texas schools. The ones that showed interest in me in Atlanta I didn't visit because I saw Mississippi State and committed really quickly after that."
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network.