- Name: Justin Foscue
- Classification: 2017
- Position: Infield
- Ht: Wt: 6-0, 180
- Bats-Throws: R/R
- High School: Grissom (AL) High School
- Travel Team: Excel Blue Wave
- Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State
Foscue's recruitment by Mississippi State started just a few short weeks ago.
"(Mississippi State assistant) Coach (Will) Coggin called me and told me he was going to watch me in the 17U World Wood Bat tournament," said Foscue. "He told me he really liked my swing and had heard good things about me from prior coaches. He came to watch me play and in that game I hit a 3-run home run. He said he liked my swing and asked me if I would come down for a visit after the tournament was over. I then visited Mississippi State this past Friday."
He already knew a lot about Mississippi State prior to the visit.
"I knew that Mississippi State was one of the top-notch programs in the country," said Foscue. "They have competed for a national championship many times. I had also heard that they have a great, great atmosphere and great fanbase."
He talked about his visit to Mississippi State and the impression it left on him.
"We had the meeting with Coach Cohen and he offered me a scholarship," said Foscue. "After the meeting my mom and dad wanted to see the dorms. But at that moment, even before we left for lunch, I knew Mississippi State was the place for me. We left for lunch, then talked a little bit. But I was so anxious I couldn't eat lunch because I loved everything about it. We visited the dorms, then we came back to visit Coach Cohen and I told him that I wanted to be a Bulldog. He was very excited about it. Actually, he was surprised about it because he didn't think I was going to commit that soon. It was just an awesome moment."
Several things stood out to him about Mississippi State.
"My dream has always been to play in the SEC and play at the highest level possible and compete for a national championship," said Foscue. "And Mississippi State is the highest level. They won the SEC and are at the top and that is where I want to be.
"I (also) love the coaches. Coach Cohen is a great guy. He knows a lot about baseball and knows how to lead a program. I haven't met Coach Coggin but I have heard great things about him, that he is great with hitting. (But talking to him) he seems like a great guy. The other coach, Coach Henderson, seems like a nice guy to be around and knows a lot about baseball as well. I am very excited to play for them.
"But really what sealed the deal was Coach Cohen talking about my personality and character matching their baseball team. And I believe that too because I am a hard worker. All I do around here is work out and hit in the cages. And I know that is what they do in Starkville. They also have a lot of great technology there. It blew me away that they have all of that there. Coach Cohen also talked about player development. And I feel like they are one of the schools to develop players and get them into the draft, then to the Major Leagues. That is my other dream, to play in Major League Baseball."
In addition to offers from Mississippi State and Alabama, Foscue had other offers and recruiting interest.
"I also had offers from Troy, Samford and Jacksonville State," he said. "Miami of Ohio also was interested in me. Their coach called me a few times."
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network.